November 1st, 2010
04:56 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll of Polls: Republicans up 8 on election eve

Washington (CNN) – A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Monday indicates that 51 percent of likely voters would choose a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today. Forty-three percent of likely voters say they would choose a Democratic candidate.

This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of six national polls conducted during the last week of October and released Sunday and Monday: CNN/Opinion Dynamics (10/27-30), Pew Research Center (10/27-30), NBC News/Wall Street Journal (10/28-30), USA Today/Gallup (10/28-31), ABC News/Washington Post (10/25-28), and Reuters-Ipsos (10/28-31). 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 any 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 a one-for-all.

On election eve, the Republicans are ahead of Democrats by eight points when voters are asked which candidate they would choose for Congress. The margin between Democrats and Republicans has doubled since the last CNN Poll of Polls, compiled three days ago.

Check out CNN's new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data covering national questions and the top 2010 election races of any news organization in the political landscape.


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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. D. Bunker

    Ignore the phony landline polls our so-called "liberal" media has been pushing, apparently to discourage Dem turnout, Kaine could be right. The mask is off the traitorous corporate lackeys that make up the GOBP. They have no viable ideas, only a slavish devotion to their failed cult of deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrarich and global unfair trade. They care only about their own personal wealth and furthering the goals of their faceless and nameless corporate backers. They certainly have NO interest whatsoever in helping the average hardworking Main St. American. Vote accordingly.

    November 1, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. waverly thomas

    I find it amazing u have middle class and poor who still support tax cuts for the rich then place blame elsewhere for whatever reason we need to wake as a country and stop separting ourselves

    November 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. grant

    Then 51% of American voters have their heads shoved where the sun doesn't shine.
    This country is doomed.

    November 1, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Name I support our president

    Some ppl are so dumb. Yes let the rich back in office and see how far we get....OH I do believe our current president has least done some of the things her promised. Do you really think ppl out of jobs would have received the help they needed if the gop was in charge? Oh and what about ppl who were kicked off insurance plans because or terminal illness? Oh yea you haters dont care about the regular ppl who keep this country going. I dont agree with everything but aleast he is tryin to fight for the ppl, Not the rich!

    November 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    well if this is the case..WHY BOTHER TO VOTE???? If I'm a Democrat then I may feel it's not even worth my time to vote if the GOP is going to win anyway, and if I'm a Republican I could feel that it's all lockedup so why go vote if we're going to win anyway. The polls are like going to a movie and giving away the ending.

    November 1, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Neo

    This election is begin to show how dumb some Americans are. If the GOP ever take control of anything, we are doomed. People who draw instances from Cliton's administration are plain wrong comparing the political terrain to what we have now. If GOP controls congress there is going to be a gridlock longer that what anybody has ever imagine. I dont know which books taught anybody that you can use just 2yrs to fix a destruction of 8yrs. Good luck tomorrow Americans.

    November 1, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. ken

    Up 8 points, the GOP and Faux news will be laughing all the way to the bank,"SUCKERS."

    November 1, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Interesting that...

    ...without ACORN and Axelrod orchestrating this one by firing up voters to fight against something and signing up voters who are not elligible, things look different. What does Obamma and the Deomcrats bring to the table? Mudslinging, reproachable attacks on candidated, attacks on individuals from the white house personally, calling voters 'dumb and apathetic voting from fear.' Shame on them. I don't want them representing me – they are acting like elitists snobs and children.

    November 1, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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