November 19th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Less than half know GOP won the House

(CNN) – The Republican Party won decisive control of the House in this year's midterm elections, but it appears less than half the country is aware of it.

According to a new Pew poll, only 46 percent of those surveyed correctly identified that the Republican Party won the House as a result of the November 2 elections. But it's not all bad – 75 percent did know the Republicans performed better than the Democrats, it's just that many aren't aware exactly what the party won.

Fourteen percent thought the GOP won control of both the chambers, 8 percent thought Republicans won just the Senate, and 27 percent didn't know one way or the other. Five percent meanwhile thought Democrats maintained control of both the House and Senate.

The questions about the election were part of a larger poll quizzing American's knowledge on current events. Among the poll's other findings:

  • 38 percent correctly identified John Boehner as the incoming House Speaker
  • 16 percent correctly said more than half of the loans made under the Troubled Asset Relief Program had been repaid
  • 15 percent correctly identified David Cameron as Prime Minister of England; the same amount said it was ex-BP CEO Tony Hayward
  • 26 percent know Android is the operating system by Google for mobile phones

The poll surveyed 1,001 adults by telephone between November 11-14 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • GOP
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. mesamick

    That half will find out soon enough – when they lose their jobs, home and they get "BoneherCare" for health insurance.

    November 19, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Wes B.

    This makes me want to cry.

    November 19, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    And this is news? A LOT of Americans pay no attention to elections and politics and don't vote. And then there are all the imbeciles that our union run schools have produced. They don't even know how to tie their shoe.

    November 19, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Sarah McCarthy

    They wont know what they won till they wakeup with a sore bottom.Americans are dumber than the French,at least the French arent afraid to take it to the streets.

    November 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Lucullus

    That's it. Time to write the Queen of England and ask her if we can come home. How can any country, much less a democracy, function when it's citizenry is so lazy, stupid and uninformed? The amazing thing is most of these jerks are probably super patriots who hate it when you criticize the country, even though they don't know what the hell is going on in the first place. A piece of advice to those uninformed yokels. Get a brain morans.

    November 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Dave

    And this surprises everyone in what way? Americans always gripe about their politicians but don't do anything about it. A small percentage vote and elect goofballs and nuts. All America suffers.

    November 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. fideauxdon

    ...and that's exactly why the country is going downhill fast. Our parents consisted of two Fathers who never attended High School, one Mother who attended High School for three years, and another Mother who graduated from High School. My Wife and I both earned Masters Degrees. Despite that, I'd match the knowledge gained and concern for the well-being of our country by our Parent's generation against the self-centered generations that followed them any time. God help the USA!

    November 19, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    America is stupid. It's becomes more evident everyday.

    November 19, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Bernie

    Hell, more than half the country doesn't know anything, so what's the big surprise here?

    November 19, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. katiec

    This shows the lack of involvement, knowledge of the American voters.
    The fact that they let theirselves be bought, believed the swiftboating, propaganda, lies of the republicans
    proves their lack of involvement in what is really happening to our country.
    We are in deep trouble and it is just beginning. A party that puts Wall St, the wealthy over the survival
    of us and our country, has voted against extension of unemployment while giving their undying support'
    to the unfunded extension of tax cuts, perks for the wealthy says it all.

    November 19, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Kansas Joe

    Holy cow, we are in trouble...

    November 19, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. ross

    what a misleading headline. 46% knew the GOP won the house, 5% thought the democrats retained the house and senate. 27% weren't sure and 8% thought the GOP won the senate instead of the house. the headline seems to imply that half thought the GOP won the house, and half thought they didn't. with the media constantly full of misleading headlines, is it surprising that average americans find it hard to keep up?

    November 19, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. once upon a horse

    wow once again this just shows the total disconnect the American people seem to have with politics. I'm sure then that half of the country didn't know what the GOP had planned if they took over the HOUSE and had they been paying attention this election might not have gone the way it did.

    November 19, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. a health economist

    HA HA HA!!! That's hilarious! I'd love to see Mc Connel and Boehner explain this given the election was a "mandate" for the GOP.

    And I don't want to see anyone griping about them not being included in this poll, therefore it doesn't count. A poll is a representative sample of the population, when done properly can be used to approximate how the total population feels as a whole. It is prohibitively expensive to ask all 300 + million people in the US how they feel on every issue.

    November 19, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Snow

    And to think they let this group of idiots vote who do not keep up on current events. Oh well, they were probably moochers living off of the government.

    November 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    This report brought to you by Public Education – taking us downhill since 1960.

    November 19, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Lynne WA state

    So there is only a 46% mandate!

    November 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Bart

    NEVER underestimate the stupidity of the average American (voter). The biggest problem we have in the US today is too much democracy. These are our "peers" responsible for picking our "leaders." Sheesh.
    What we need is a good ol' litteruhsee test at the polling places. Knowing who Kim Kardashian's boyfriend is shouldn't qualify you to vote.
    And yes, I did say "American," not United Statesian but don't even think about it......

    November 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    The fact that Americans are not all aware of significant changes in the House of Representative thanks to mid-term elections is not so important. What is important is that Americans will see significant improvements in the way Washington does business starting in January.

    No longer will the American taxpayer be stuck paying the tab for reckless spending in celebration of the complete power left wing liberals had on the function of our federal government. Accountability has returned to Washington DC.

    November 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    What percent did you poll that was just plain STUPID!!!!

    November 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. diridi

    GOP are the ones to blame, and blame, to have this mess...

    November 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. AC

    That's mean that 54% does not give a S*** about the Republicans or Democrats. So when the racist McConnel says its the will of the people, no its the will of some of the people. Good luck congress.


    November 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. keeth in cali

    No surprises here.

    November 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Well, stick it in with the latest football news, and then everyone will know.

    November 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Fourteen percent thought the GOP won control of both the chambers, 8 percent thought Republicans won just the Senate, and 27 percent didn't know one way or the other.

    Too, too funny. So much for the whole "Americans spoke" mandate the GOPers have been trying to pump this past few weeks. Apparently MOST Americans have tuned out of politics althogether, TeaPers notwithstanding.

    November 19, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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