November 12th, 2010
09:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Half happy about midterm results

Washington (CNN) – A new poll indicates that just under half of all Americans are happy about the results of last week's midterm elections.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 48 percent of the public says they are happy that the GOP won control of the House of Representatives, with 34 percent saying they are unhappy and 18 percent saying they didn't know or refused to answer.

The 48 percent who say they are happy with the election results is 12 points lower than the six in ten who said they were happy following the 2006 midterm elections, when the Democrats won back control of both the House and the Senate, and nine points lower than the 57 percent who said they were pleased following the 1994 midterms, when the Republicans won back control of both chambers.

According to the current poll, 52 percent of people questioned who say they voted in the midterms say they were happy with the outcome. That number drops to 42 percent among those who say they did not vote.

The survey indicates that Americans are divided on the Republicans' plans and policies for the future, with 41 percent approving and 37 percent saying they disapprove. Approval is higher (45 percent ) among those who voted in the election that those who did not vote (35 percent).

"But on balance, both the general public and voters express less positive views of the GOP's policies than they did of the Democrats' proposals after the 2006 election," says the report by Pew.

The new numbers augment the argument by many political analysts and pundits that the Republican's victory in the midterm was more of a rejection of the Democrats' policies than an approval of the GOP.

The Pew poll was conducted November 4-7 with 1,255 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. RAWoD

    It seems exceptionally sad for our great country to be so divided. I suspect, while there were many things that happened to get us to this divided state, that the major dividing point was the SCOTUS 'selecting' our president.

    Much attention was given to adherence to our Constutution in this last election cycle. I ask you, my fellow citizens, how did this activision stand? Nothing I can find in our Constitution gave the court any right to interfere with the lawful recount of votes by a state.

    November 12, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Bob in Pa

    The pre-2006 GOP policies where bad decisions. Voters just know those were not half the albatross that the Democrats forced through in the last two years.

    November 12, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    But you have to think about the OTHER HALF!!!!! This is a very TOUCHY situation and President Obama is walking a THIN LINE!!!! I hope he stays there and NOT dip on either side of it!!!

    T'sah – OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward with our Leader – President Barack Obama!!!

    November 12, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Americans have returned the Reds to the helm of the U.S. Titantic, thereby, giving them a second chance to hit the iceberg head on! I

    Hope the 48% are still happy when the Reds shut down any unemployment benefit extensions while still declaring the unemployment rate is unacceptable and it affects someone they know or love.

    Hope the 48% is still happy when racist Rand brings the talks to a halt to increase the debt ceiling by threatening a filibuster and while he is posturing we exceed the current debt limit and default on paying our interest on the deficit.

    Hope the 48% is still happy when the Reds bring the U.S. to a halt over having no budget agreement. Enjoy those kitty treats you will eating if your SS.

    Hope the 48% is still happy when the Bush tax cuts are not allowed to expire and add another 4 trillion to the deficit. What about all those "grandbabies" you all worried about having to take on the debt? Now you want to kick the 4 trillion down the road and on the backs of your "grandbabies" for you own selfish and greedy needs NOW.

    Hope the 48% is still happy when the second chance given to the House and the party of NO brings the Congress to a grinding halt over the next 2 years and the recession tips into a depression and 25% of us will be boiling shoe leather for soup!

    November 12, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. TomInRochNY

    Are you listening to us Rs? This is not a mandate from the masses. We don't like you any more then we like the Ds. You both need to prove yourselves.

    November 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. ken

    Let's see how happy those 52 percent are when the( I 've got mine" screw you") party takes office.'

    November 12, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Extremely happy, thank you very much. Dems were lucky they didn't have to defend as many senate seats as they will in 2012.

    November 12, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Mojon Bush

    I am always satisfied with the elections because we get what we deserve.

    November 12, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. greg in jax

    I am not happy about the elections, but I knew it was coming, so I am not devestated. Tell a lie often enough and gullible senile senior voters will believe it. Hope you geezers get what you deserve, social security privatized and Medicare cuts. We all know those will be on the Republican's agenda.

    November 12, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. diridi

    I do not surprise, if Obama is elected....look, managed care in health care reform, is saving lot of money, and quick check outs in cliniques, using lot of PAs, to see the patients....way to go...Health care reform saves lot of lives, a lot of money...read, USA today...o.k...GOP idiots do not understand the public out-cry....period...I vote for Obama, he is the first president...do not care whether he is black or white...we are in 21st century...not 4th...o.k...be realistic...develop the nation...we need senate, and congress term limits in here disperately...for it another obama is going to be born...

    November 12, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Where was the polling done? NY? California? Massachusetts? I doubt they polled heailvy in the red states. The results would be very different. again, DUMB POLL!

    November 12, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "These morons vote agianst their own interests and then wonder why nothing ever gets done."

    What gives YOU the right to determine what's in MY best interests, Dutch?

    November 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    "Secret donors" were never questioned by those who voted Republican which means the Republicans plans are a "secret" between the donors and you are not included because it's a "secret".

    November 12, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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