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. keepstufingthis

    Great and so good to see that CNN constantly a Palin story and picture on the front page of the Ticker. We love seeing the pictures of her and the stories about her and it just makes the dope smokers so mad, its fun.

    November 1, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Capt. Smash

    CNN is the new Fox News we have another Brown Shirts Network!

    November 1, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. ja

    the polls, who was polled

    November 1, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    I can't wait to see how the republicans fix all of our problems. Yep, tax breaks for the rich, dismantling public education, ignoring our crumbling infrastructure, letting companies do whatever they want, cutting social programs and invading Iran ought to be a good start. The good life is just around the corner, folks! Have a nice day! And don't fergit to vote!

    November 1, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Barry

    Great news for a Monday!

    November 1, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Barry
    "Great news for a Monday!"
    November 1, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |

    Karl Rove, Is that you? Have a nice day!

    November 1, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. resolaru

    lets see if all of these gung ho republicans actually start paying attention to all of the debt their heroes rack up this time. it's guys like Barry on here who finally got religion once the dems took over their mess. thanks for paying attention.

    November 1, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. NameKen

    I'm a democrat and I will support the GOP as long as obama is in our white house he is a joke and has ruined the democratic party! So do the patriotic thing for god and country and resign obama

    November 1, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    When it comes time to analyze why the Dems did not suffer as badly as your polls predicted I hope you will remember two very different, yet important, segemnts of my party: The young professionals and college student who do no business on "landlines" and therefore do not get called and the folks too poor to afford a land line and are too busy out working when you call. Just sayin is all. Only one poll counts and they take it tomorrow. Good luck Dems and don't let these pollsters talk you out of voting that's really the only way the Tea Party wins.

    November 1, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. K.

    Why don't the media just tell the obvious " Obama is not a president, he's a college professor that has no clue what he's really doing and we democrats are losing our chance to get things done for the good of the people now obama tells GOP they are enemies and they have to get in the back seat what an idiot you are obama! We are all Americans You lost this democrat I will support any opponent of Obama until he leaves the white house !!!!!!

    November 1, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The probem with these genric polls is they don not tell you anything about local elections. the answer is I lean towards the the Republican except for my guy who is OK. The number of re-elected house member is about 80% – your numbers would say that is wrong

    November 1, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. kat

    I'll be voting Republican... All the way. I can't wait to see the look on BHO's face when he isn't in total control. Glad to see the media and voter honeymoon is over. After all, it wasn't really a honeymoon... you just got scre_ed.

    November 1, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Reality Stinks

    CNN is great for one thing... It's where all the liberal extremists go to bash anyone who disagrees with them. It's hilarious right now as they are literally falling over each other making absolute fools of themselves. They have had two years in control of the government and they've created a complete mess! The plain fact is that Obama has failed miserably and the socialist policies that he forced down our throats are the reason for the winds change in this election. Yet, liberals still don't get it. They have destroyed their own party with their their own greed and corruption. Pelosi, Reid, Frank and others have to go. They need to clean their own hose before they become a viable party. Libs will hate my words, that's a certainty, but they will know it's true.

    November 1, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. D-HENRY

    Folks please don't be fooled by the republicans. They are only to going to benefit the rich and well off. The middle class and the poor do not.

    November 1, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. AB

    Amazing, the average of a series of polls says the GOP is ahead by 8 points and suddenly the angry left demonizes CNN.

    November 1, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. PREDICTA

    8 points is an all time high. The democrats are going to be toast by Wednesday morning.

    November 1, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. stufthis

    Stalin would be proud of the new GOP.

    November 1, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Randolph Carter, have a glass of Merlot, you took the words right out of my mouth. And yes, "The good life is just around the corner" and that's exactly where people will find themselves, sitting on the corner waiting.

    November 1, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Such a ridiculous poll. Dems are far outpacing GOP in early voting and look poised to keep the senate and pick up key governors races tomorrow in Ca, Florida, N.Y and a good chance in Ohio. They may even win the Alaska senate race. The so-called enthusiasm gap turned out to be nothing more than hot air, a fraudulent attempt by the fringe GOP party and pollsters to keep voters from going to the polls. It's not working. There is going to be many surprises in this year's election.

    November 1, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. james s roberts

    This election will be superb, both group blaming the other and Americans supporting two party system. America is broken, confused and lost. America is good at crisis management, emergencies, life and death issues. America will endure a long painful downward spiral before Americans can push aside "blame" and live together. Long live pain

    November 1, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Oh no, say it isn't so...

    If the Repubs do barely win senate what then? Are they gonna continue to sit on their hands and do absolutely nothing? Stealing from American taxpayers? Refusing to let the current admin fix what they messed up? A bunch of spoiled babies throwing tantrums. Repubs are a sick joke and are only helping those that hate us. It's a good thing for republicans that they courted the racist ticket otherwise they wouldn't even stand a chance. 6 YEARS OF REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY WAS TRIED UNCHECKED. IT FAILED MISERABLY!! And now they try to blame the black guy. Shameful and sad.

    November 1, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. stufthis

    Time to impeach the judicial RATs! That is the supreme court justices: Roberts, Alito, and Thomas.

    November 1, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Joe

    Yeah they will fix things so the rich get richer and the rest of us get screwed over big time.

    November 1, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Steve

    Such a ridiculous poll. Dems are far outpacing GOP in early voting and look poised to keep the senate and pick up key governors races tomorrow in Ca, Florida, N.Y and a good chance in Ohio. They may even win the Alaska senate race. The so-called enthusiasm gap turned out to be nothing more than hot air, a fraudulent attempt by the fringe GOP party and pollsters to keep voters from going to the polls. It's not working. There is going to be many surprises in this year's election.

    November 1, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Nam

    How soon we forget 8 years of bad goverment u think its bad now

    November 1, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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