November 1st, 2010
04:56 PM ET
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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. mary225

    Watch for the Republicans to Swift Boat Sarah Palin after this election. They don't want her for 2012, and they used her up. Republicans eat their young.

    November 1, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. mary225

    We are really in for it come Tuesday. Republicans have promised to block everything, and they want Obama to fail so they can take the WH in 2012. They will take the country down to blame Obama. The economy is going to get worse if the Republicans win....they don't want President Obama to look good for 2012. What a mistake Americans are making.

    November 1, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Bill

    CNN, make your coverage about the real issues. Don't go the way of NPR – the new arm of the far left socialist news media.

    November 1, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. jim the liberal conqueror

    Hey barry youre right we should have just let a genocidal maniac stay in power in iraq! And as far as saying the right is going to dismantle all social programS, what are you listening to cnn, abc, nbc and all other left run news media organizations. There is half your problem right there! Stop being a drone, a follower. It doesnt matter at all who is in power, although democrats would lean towards socialism, but remember this we have been a world economic leader because of capitalism,and now the hypocrites that have fed off of and gained wealth and power because of capitalism now they have reformed it. What a joke, both sides of the aisle are as crooked as the other. Your point holds no validity what so ever. Have a great day libs!

    November 1, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. stufit

    Oh I do love the smell in the air of desparate liberal. I see the dope addled brains are comparing the GOP to Stalin and wanting to impeach the Supreme Court. Love it. Another doper (probably SEIU) compares the republicans to the Nazis. Love it, absolutely love it. The are imploding on their own hate and vitriol, while the rest of us are moving on.

    November 1, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Deanbo

    I believe the Repubs are in for a bigger surprise than anyone, with the exception of the media, when the results are in. The reason most media lean right. and its a fact, is because they are also owned by the rich. Rush and his ilk make millions, why would anyone think he is actually trying to help average Americans and not his own bank account?

    November 1, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. godzilla

    What the heck is the matter with you repulicans,did you expect obama to fix in 2 years what it took bush 8 years to destroy.how many trillions of dollars in a deficit did obama have to try to fix and you want to hand the country back to these idiots.

    November 1, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. kate in nc

    Nobody asked me, my friends, my family – all dems. All voting dem in this election. We'll see what actually happens instead of these obnoxiously redundant, and incessant polls.

    November 1, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Ks

    I agree, these polls are not accurate....and do not constitute the majority of sentiments from people in this country. would like to have the pollsters take a poll in south central los angeles. the outcome would be what many in this country are fighting for...better structure of living and better opportunities for all. this is not socialist mentality..it is in the belief that this country is true to its founders...equality and prosperity for all seek it. we will not be denied....see you tomorrow along with the neighbors, relatives, friends, grandparents, young adults and teens and even the dog! democrats vote!!

    November 1, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Shar

    the problem with Americans they have no patience, they expect everything to be fixed yesterday. by jumping around from party to party is a complete waste of time. they need to give a party time n patience, they fail to realized the republicans made a completed mess over over many and the mess was inherited by the democrats .

    November 1, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. David

    How quickly these right wingers forget the previous 8 years of Bush and his rubber stamp Republicans. You voted them in back then because their tactics work, but it took you 8 years to see the big mistake you had made by backing the Republicans. Now, after less than two years into the Obama presidency, you're actually ready to shoot yourselves in the foot AGAIN? Vote Democrat and give them the time they need to continue turning this country around (get out of the mess created by Bush and the GOP).

    November 1, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Angry in Kentucky

    For those of you who continue to blame the Bush administration for the situation this country is in, most of us are tired of hearing it. You can thank Barney Frank and his attitude of "Everyone deserves, and should own, a house". His committee's rules dictated that banks loan money to people who could not afford homes. They couldn't afford the mortgages, but banks were forced to lend to them. And Obama has spent trillions of dollars on what? He would have been better off throwing it out of the window of Air Force One.

    November 1, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Larry

    Just vote Democrats unless you want to go back to paying $5.00 for gas again.

    November 1, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Me

    I don't think people realize what will happen if the GOP takes control of congress. It's not good...in fact it's tragic. To think Sharron Angle in Washington...?!?! That's a scary thought. Get out and vote Dems!!!!

    November 1, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Jess C

    Can't wait to see how the Grand Old Party of failed policies fixes all the problems they created. It'll be entertaining for sure. The middle class will continue to suffer, but at this point I don't even care anymore if they're dumb enough to vote them in again. I worry about the future for our children because I know that our environment, in the GOP's hands, stands no chance for clean energy, healthy oceans & clean water. Oh, and you or your child has a pre-existing condition and can't get insured? Tough crap, deal with it. Or, you can use your brain for a change, milk yourself off of Fox News and be part of the sane group who'll vote Dem.

    November 1, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    The Republicans are the reason why we are in the mess that this country is in. You cannot fix things over night. Im sticking with the demacratic Party.

    November 1, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. James

    Yes, the country is split, just like the liberty bell. A nation divided against itself cannot exit.

    November 1, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Joey

    George Bush was not your best decision maker, but at least he was honest about what he wanted and why. Barak Obama is a bad decision maker and he lies about what he wanted to accomplish and what he actually got done. when candidates deliberately tell you anything you want to hear to get votes, that's called lying. and for those Bush haters, he didn't accomplish everything he wanted to do, but his promises fell short not out of deception but out of opposition and dificulty.

    November 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Hey Reality Stinks. You are not on FuxNews. Your deluded partisan tantrums are not taken as truth by a hypmotized audience. You live in some sort of rightwing fairytale, and when America has to once again wake up and recover from from YOUR rightwing nightmare, there will come another day-after-election like the one in 2008 when you drama queens are seen in droves crying about your FAILURE. Its just a matter of time...I'm patient...maybe in the meantime, I'll just say NO to everything the party in power wants. The last 10-16 years have made it a proven FACT that [R]s can no more run this country than 5 year olds can do differential calculus.

    November 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Kevin Settles

    The poll reporting I'm watching on CNN doesn't seem to mention that the California democrats are ahead in both the gubernatorial and senate races. I think this is significant as trending generally starts here (California) and moves east, making the case for a different scenario for Obama in 2012.

    November 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Hurt2008

    The dems and the administration in the past two years have sacrificed the future of our country for that of the welfare state. They completely forgot about moving the country along while they were engaged fiercely in patisan politics with a socialist agenda to try to give handouts that are mortgaged from out children and grand children.

    November 1, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. raffly

    I can't wait to see democratic senate wins in Alaska. It will be gorgeous night.
    Harry Reid, sestak, muray, they all will win. Read my lips American Taliban republican party, u may gains some number, but you will see how real people vote tomorrow.

    November 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. Ed

    Come on. It really doesn't matter. Truth is all politicians are just in it for the job – pay, bennys and perks. They don't care about the agenda or the constituents. Just go through the motions and bare down come election time.

    November 1, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Tee

    I just want everybody to know that president bush caused all this mess for the incoming govt and u cant expect it to be fix in a day. Be watchful of the tea party. They might caused another problem. Vote wise. It is ur right.

    November 1, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. John A. Evans 3rd

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if the GOP gets back in power then 50% of the American people will be homeless and back at a shelter wondering why they pulled the proverbial rug out fron under the DEMOCRATS who were trying to fix the Republican mess that G.W. PUT AMERICA IN!!!"

    November 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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