October 19th, 2010
09:53 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: GOP up 7 points in battle for Congress

Washington (CNN) - A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Tuesday indicates that 48 percent of likely voters would choose a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today, and 41 percent of likely voters say they would vote for a Democrat.

Fourteen days before the election, Republicans continue to lead Democrats when voters are asked whom they would choose in a congressional contest. The Republican margin has increased one percentage point since the last CNN Poll of Polls, which was compiled and released last Friday.

This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of five national surveys conducted during the from October 7-17 : Gallup (October 7-17), Bloomberg (October 7-10), Reuters (October 7-11), and Fox News (October 11-13). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

The generic ballot question asks respondents if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district, without naming specific candidates. It is used by many polling organizations, including CNN/Opinion Research Corporation surveys. In the battle for control of Congress, the generic ballot is arguably the most watched polling indicator, but it should not be considered one-stop shopping.


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  1. ron

    Fox news poll, what a joke , who did they call, their viewers.

    October 19, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Ron

    I dont care that much for Pelosi, But John Bohaner !!!!!! What a torture like thought, to have to listen to his negative,lies and deceit!!!!! Wall Street is just waiting in the wings, Were going to pull off a heist,again!!!!!! Scary stuff right on Halloween!

    October 19, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yep – KEEP slinging that POLL of POLLs CNN because as long as you have FOX NEWS and the other 'lean-right' Pollsters in there – it will always FAVOR the RIGHT!!! Your POLL of POLLs is in for a RUDE AWAKENING!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – GET out and VOTE in November 2010!!! Let's PROVE that the POLLS are WRONG!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 19, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Jess C

    Again and again we hear about the "polls". Who participates in these things? Are these conducted on land lines during the daytime hours? Not a very unbiased demographic if so. All this speculating is good for getting folks riled up; hopefully most will get out the vote. We need to not give our country to the fringe loonies on the right; let's not vote on anger as many have said, vote on who best represents you. I'm a middle class guy and I know where my causes stand the best chance and it's NOT with the GOP. By the way, my taxes went down this year, so the GOP fear tactics are baseless for us in the middle.

    October 19, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Angie in Denver

    Is the polling based on landlines? Just curious because most voters under the age of 35 do not own landlines. They are strictly mobile.

    October 19, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    Of course the GOP is far ahead!
    What else did Obama and the left-of-left Democratic representatives expect after trying to foist full-blown Marxism on a capitalistic nation?

    October 19, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Rush Goebbels

    Polls are the sheep dogs for really stupid people in both parties.

    October 19, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Michael

    We'll keep it between you and me......ok?......lol, I don't know anyone who isn't chomping at the bit this year, to get in the little booth. For once, I'm going to hang around to they close, and then have a cook out. Guess whats being served?????

    October 19, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. stevegee

    A vote for any Democrat is a vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid that will end in failure and bankruptcy for our country.

    A vote for any Republican is a vote for the Constitutional principles of freedom and liberty, and a free market economy.On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 19, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    Americans polled have claimed that they still blame the economy on not only the Republicans but former President Bush moreso than on the Democrats and Obama, YET they want to put the Republicans back in control of Congress. Am I the only one that sees that there is a very serious mis-connect here? Either the polling is flawed or we as Americans are becoming a dimwitted society. And with the cultlike following of people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin and the US now ranked 20th in the world in education the answer maybe moreso of the latter than the former.

    October 19, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Katelin

    Polls don't vote. People vote. Quiet democrats will show you at the polls when we vote like hell to defeat the loudmouth
    zealots. Why scream like the maniacs Palin and O'Donnell, when all we have to do is go out and vote? Its always fun to
    watch the Fox news channel announce the democratic victories.

    October 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. stufthis

    People who vote for republicans are the same people who have been digging in the huge pile of crap we have after 8 years of Bush, looking for the proverbial pony. The GObP has almost ruined the country, and now it look likes voters want them to finish the job.

    October 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. George

    Don't be fooled. Voters who are having job and financial problems and seniors care about their social security away.aren't going to vote in idiots of the tea party or republicans.

    October 19, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Michael

    Crude oil tea, a steak in the shape of America,a medley of honesty,integrity,and American pride.With a dessert of humble pie, topped with homemade old fashioned vanilla bean ice cream. I'll have dem pink slips for napkins. And end the evening watching a taped version of Saturday night live.I love how those guys imitate politicians. They are a hoot.............Oh, did I forget the baked potatoe?, that too

    October 19, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    Now.......even though you are 3 plus years late, CNN finally sees the light! Yeah, right! After the Dems and Obambi in particular take an ole fashioned "butt kicking" in 2 weeks, CNN along with the rest of the Liberal Left will go back to their old ways of blaming Conservatives for all that is wrong and slobering all over Obambi! Why? Because they are Liberals and that is what Liberals do! We do not want our country to become like France and the UK! We are Americans and are proud of it!

    October 19, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Buh-Bye dems. Hope you enjoyed your 2 years in power.

    October 19, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |