September 23rd, 2010
02:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Polls: Republicans angrier than Democrats

Washington (CNN) - It's been said that this is once again the year of the angry voter, and that Republicans and independents are angrier than Democrats. A new poll makes the case.

According to an Associated Press-GfK Poll released Thursday, 58 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said politics is making them angry, but only 31 percent of Democrats questioned in the survey agree.

The poll also indicates that around 7 in 10 independents and Republicans say they're disgusted with the state of politics. Only four in ten Democrats feel the same way.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in early August showed a similar trend. Forty-six percent of Republicans questioned in the survey said they were very angry about the way things are going in the country, with 37 percent of independents agreeing. But only 13 percent of Democrats said they were very angry.

So how will this impact November's midterm elections. It's fair to say that angrier people may be more inclined or motivated to vote.

The poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications from Sept. 8-13, using landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points for adults and 6.4 percentage points for independents.

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  1. king

    These people are using emotions over rational thinking, look where all the people that cant handle their emotion are, they are in prison, because when you are emotional you cannot think rationally about the future consequences. emotional people want satisfaction now. they dont care about the past nor the future consequences. this euphoria of emotion is going to distroy this country's future. because the repugs, the rich and baggers are using it to their advantage although some of them know the consequences of unrational people. this country was a disaster just a couple of years back its virtually impossible for a culture to change in just 18 months but they are trying and succeeding. all the provisions that the dems had put in will take time to see the full effects. they are trying to bridge the gap between the rich and the middle class and the rich will not stand by and make power which theyve controlled for centuries dissapate without a fight. so they use their attack dogs the republican party and the angry unrational, social security riding and medicare dependant tea baggers. who is so easily manipulated with fare that they go against their own interest.

    September 23, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Bill

    These people don't use their thinking cap, just listing GOPERS who has nothing to offer or help President OBAMA to create
    Job, to improve economy and edujacion system. You can't run the country or improve anything with saying "NO" and just one slogan cutting TAXES. You Republicans and Independents votes to Democrates and kick all Rethuglican out in November.

    September 23, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. lil

    Republican are never pleased they are always trying to start another war or take away something else from the middle class or poor.
    They why they or angrier than most people . Most Independents or rich, white, and republicans so they hate the rest of us for
    being poor and needing jobs and use the poor republicans as they are using the tea party to do their dirty work.
    While the hide.

    September 23, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    The reason the Coservatives are more angry is because of the picture they are watching. They are being spoon-fed the same steady drumbeat of fear and misinformation from their daily dose of Palin-Beck-Limbaugh-Hannity-Levin-Etc. If your only source of political information is from an ENTERTAINER, someone who gets **paid big bucks** to get people upset and agitated – then heck yes, you're going to have a bunch of angry people.

    Unfortunately, the people on the right are like unwitting dupes – they dont realize that the joke is on them. These entertainers are preying on the right's values. They are manipulating good, honest, hardworking people – and laughing all the way to the bank. Ask yourself, Do these people exemplify in their private lives the values that they talk about in the media? Not likely. Beck's $30+Million salary, and smoking on-air with Ben Stein. Limbaughs racist remarks and drug addictions. Palin's half-term as governor so she could go on the talkshow circuit. Puh-leeze! Can't you see you're being USED? They throw out inflammatory terms like 'Marxist' and 'communist' (which anyone willing to spend 30 seconds on Google or Wikipedia can tell you doesnt fit our Current President). They accuse the leaders of Congress (Reid, Pelosi) of outrageous wrongdoing, but if you look at the real history, and the perspective, you'll find that there's no such insanity.

    The right-wing pundits will say anything outlandish, but couch it in vague enough terms that it cant be properly defended – and that makes it all the more reasonable for someone else to parrot the same nonsense without knowing what they say. Our national debate has degenerated into name-calling and ever-increasingly extragavent displays of ignorance.

    Please be a part of the solution, not the problem. If you think that we need to 'take our country back' from anything; if you think that the president is a marxist/communist/socialist/kenyan/moslem/sleeper/agent/whatever; If you think that this congress has set it's eyes on the destruction of America; If you think that ANY of those talk-show-hosts you are listening to are telling you the unbiased truth – then i invite you to take to the internet, and do a little open-eyed research among reputable sources. Go ahead and prove me wrong.

    September 23, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Rick

    If Glenn Beck was my only news source, I'd be more angry, too. Ignorance is intensely frustrating.

    September 23, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Nobody asked me. I'm a Democrat, and I'm mad as hell. I pay attention to what they do in Congress each day; what they vote on. And since President Obama came into office Republicans have voted against Main Street Americans each and every time, in lock step with each other. They make sure, however, to take care of their corporate masters, who apparently bought and paid for their votes. They courted the fringe of their party, who now appear to have taken the reins (or is that "reigns?"). They use fear and hate to encourage people to vote for them. Anyone listen to those right wing commercials? I try not to. When will they qualify as a terrorist organization? I think the time has come.

    September 23, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Dean

    We gave a person like Obama his chance in the White House and he blew it. This experiment is over. The presidency will now be turned over to someone who can actually govern. Perhaps there will be a place in Rahm Emanuel's administration for Obama.

    September 23, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Angrier. And dumber. And meaner. And more xenophobic. And more backward. And less tolerant. And less empathetic. And more selfish. And more adherent to fundamentalist views. And worst of all, more self-righteous.

    September 23, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Justin

    Ah, but Republicans are also more patriotic than Democrats, because of all the flags they wear.

    September 23, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Because they are mad that they lost and the GOP is a failure. That's why they are purging the GOP incumbents and replacing them with new people in the vain hope it will changes things. It won't.

    September 23, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. jb60

    they are angry because they have been misrepresented they know it but they can't accept it and are affraid of change.

    September 23, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Yuppers I'm angry and I feel shrugged, my property taxes are going up again over 100% here in NYS and there is no end to it. But I'm JUST as angry at the GOP as I'm at the Democrats after all it has been these two parties that have been in power for my lifetime and things continue to get worse.
    I'm sick of being played in the middle of two extremes. I'm sick of having polarizing issues that should be no issues become dividers of myself and my neighbors. I'm sick of professional politicians who are overpaid and disconnected to real life.
    I'm tired and I'm scared, I have no job security, I have no financial security and my children and grandchildren will have even worse than me. That makes me believe that it is my fault for allowing our Government to get out of control to begin with. For too many years I was too busy building a career and raising my family to pay attention to what my Government was doing.
    Well NOT ANY MORE. I want and many of my neighbors want real representation of the people again NOT the special interests, the lobbyists or the unions.
    Why does my state assembly person's office need a 2.6 million dollar budget? Why does my congressman office need a 25.2 million dollar budget? Why does my senator office need another bloated budget? Why do these representatives need an army of people working for them? That I have to pay for.
    WHY Can't they balance a budget or get a budget in on time?
    Yes this year will be the year of the angry voter and I hope we take our anger out on those who got us here the incumbents!

    September 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. lforlegend

    Never mind the Bush years, the dang repukes are just as much, if not more, responsible for the mess this country is in. Anytime one doesn't work to help solve problems one can't point fingers.

    September 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. PaulC

    That's just their innate animosity for anyone who calls them on their hypocrisy. ... plus their chastity belt is chaffing.

    September 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. D. Bunker

    Anger combined with ignorance and lies is a terrible combination for the future of this country. Smart people are angry at the way the GOBP enabled Bush's destruction of Main St. America. Smart people are angry that the Dems haven't addressed the culture of corruption fostered by the ultrawealthy and their attempts to make America into a feudal state. Neither party has addressed the outsourcing of US jobs in the "race to the bottom" the elites have set up for their own personal profit.

    Instead, we have a bunch of angry teatards who didn't lift a finger when Bush was destroying America. I'm sorry, such people cannot be taken seriously because they have no clue what is really happening and they turn their anger in the wrong direction because their minds are susceptible to the propagand billionaires like the Koch brothers are feeding them.

    September 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. REG in AZ

    It isn’t conservatism v liberalism as is trying to be sold as the cause; socialism isn’t even close to being a scare (in fact, with long running neglect, irresponsibility and a conservative concentration the pendulum has literally swung far to the right). No, what is really happening is a concerted effort to, both overtly and covertly, effect domination by an ultra-conservative mentality which favors only the few. There is a real effort to capture people’s thinking, to deceive and manipulate public opinion, by using emotional appeals to biases, prejudices and fears, disinformation, scare tactics and more, all cutely, boldly, aggressively and obnoxiously presented, to keep people from being rational and instead to have them be fearfully excited and to support positions and candidates that favor only the few. Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, all who stand to greatly gain, are ‘pulling the strings’, are spending the effort and the money and are perpetrating the con and the Republicans, both Tea Party and regular, have become their ‘puppets’.

    The proof is seen in that what they want is to return to ‘more of the same’, more of what they had under Bush-Cheney, more of what cost the majority so much and what caused the problems – when what we saw was the majority, including the total middle-class, constantly loosing and only the very wealthy consistently gaining. Who can actually believe that if given the power and the control that after they set things back, repealed the changes and returned to ‘more of the same’, that then they who have clearly demonstrated they are against all change, they would then implement the real needed changes? Who of the majority can survive more giving to the few as it significantly costs everyone else? Bush-Cheney completely focused on benefit for only Special Interests and the select few while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge to rationalize their actions and manipulate public opinion; this country really can’t afford to return to ‘more of the same’.

    September 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Helen

    Didn't see this anger and disgust from Republicans when Bush was ramping up the deficits and debt. Maybe now they are disgusted with themselves. Wouldn't be strange because many, many others are.

    September 23, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. T'SAH from Virginia

    So if DEMOCRATS are not ANGRY – then they need to get their ASHes out there and VOTE!!!! Vote for the reason why 'you're not angry"!!!

    It's a shame how we allow ourselves not to be heard and CRAWL into a corner when the going gets TOUGH!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – especially the so-called politicians we put in office – need to STATE the CASE on our beliefs and UNITE the BASE – Dang!! I am sick of everyone 'jumping ship' when we are the majority!!! The RepubliCAN'Ts are so SCREWED UP and SCATTERED EVERYWHERE – if the DEMOCRATS stick together we can BEAT THEM!!!! Period!!

    This is T'SAH – and I AM angry – but it's not against President Obama – it's against the Coward Democrats and the VOTERS who are going to sit home and do nothing about it!!!!!!! I approve this message!!

    September 23, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. RapierEdge

    There's a reason the majority of the country is angry. They don't like the current conditions of the country and the direction the powers that be are taking it.

    It's funny most of the comments are complaining about the republicans being mad, when the article says about a 1/3 of the democrats are angry too. I also find it humorous that so many dems posting are quick to name call and call the angry people racist, dumb, selfish, self-righteous, intolerant, etc, etc. I'm guessing the tolerant, open-armed people that make these charges would call someone that disagreed with Joe Lieberman anti-Semetic. 🙂

    September 23, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. dcgonz

    LIberals cannot have a civil discourse on issues without resorting to namecalling, demonization, demeaning and degrading of those who disagree with them. Hence the namecalling by Reid and Pelosi and Obama. Everytime Obama speaks he has to have that smug, arrogant demeanor while he "slams" or "blasts" whoever the target of the moment is. The liberal posters here on the ticker are the same way. They call us bigots, neanderthals, racists, rethuglicans, party of no and all of those other names that make us angry. I tried to tell them it would come back to bite them, now it is. The Democrat liberal party has nothing but contempt for those of us who work hard and pay taxes and live in the south particularly and working people generally.
    blah blah blah...Rebublicans do the same thing. Look at your last sentence. Do you not think liberals work hard, pay taxesand live in the south... Well I do and I'm tired of being called lazy, living off the system, socialist & a nazi. Guess what, that makes me angry too.

    September 23, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. nick

    Look at the photo... male white red-necks! That is the GOP in the day time, at night they don white ooded-robes, terrorize babies, and burn crosses.

    September 23, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Michael in Houston

    of course republicans are angry. Hell, they have been angry since Clinton became President. Thats what they are, thats what they do, thats what they offer, thats what they live on. Anger. They could remove every single democrat from the country, from office, and have an entire form of government set up of nothing but right winged republicans and within 5 minutes they would be angry again. They get sanctimonious when they are in power and they get angry when they are not. They are a party of poopy diapers and not a one of them has big boy/big girl pants to wear. god, they are scared and terrified of everything. If you listen to them we will be attacked at any moment, immigrants babies are going to become terrorists, the economy will collapse if they dont get their tax cuts for the rich, and Obama is a muslim and leading the country to socialism. My god......get a grip of yourselves.

    September 23, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Texas Doc

    I would be angry if I was a Reoublican too. They are all ugly, stupid racists with no ideas and no sense of decency.

    September 23, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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