CNN Poll: Majority say neither party's policies good for country
September 27th, 2011
11:46 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Majority say neither party's policies good for country

Washington (CNN) - A new national survey suggests there are no winners in the public's eye when it comes to the constant wrangling between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday indicates that 56 percent of Americans say the congressional Republicans' policies will move the country in the wrong direction, with 53 percent of the public saying the same about policies of the Democrats in Congress.

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"Men and women agree that the GOP policies are a bust, but women are split on the Democratic policies while men continue to dislike them. There is a generation gap as well, with younger Americans tending to favor the Democrats' policies and older Americans more in the GOP camp," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The survey was conducted Friday through Sunday, during the congressional standoff between Democrats and Republicans over disaster relief funding threatened to possibly force a federal government shutdown. An agreement preventing a government shutdown was reached late Monday night.

According to the poll, a majority of Americans don't like either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party and the favorable ratings for the tea party movement are even lower.

"The Republican brand took a hit after the debt ceiling debate this summer, with the party's favorable ratings dropping eight points. Now, although the GOP still lags behind the Democrats, it has regained most of its strength," adds Holland.

Not so the tea party movement, which has seen its numbers steadily drop - from a 37 percent favorable rating in July to 31 percent in August and just 28 percent now. The poll indicates that 53 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the tea party, an all-time high.

Favorable ratings for House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top two Republicans in Congress, have also started to tick up after losses in the wake of the debt ceiling debate.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from September 23-25, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Congress • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Positive

    The House Republicans are being controlled by their Tea Party members so while they may have a higher rating than the Tea Party, until it spins off that faction and also realize they represent more than corporations and the wealthiest 2%, they all need to be voted out!

    Even though I tend toward Democratic ideas, until the past few years I always thought the country ran best with the power shared and Democratic President to veto the craziest ideas. Now the Republicans are so extreme that they caused a downgrade and economic downturn to get "98%" of what they wanted. Until they can grow up and work in the best interest of the country, they all need to be voted out.

    September 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. patNY

    BR – that's not true...Tea Party wants to cut cut cut all that is dear to the middle class, while cut cut cut taxes for the rich, on the backs of the middle class, and they don't want to hear a peep from that "exotic" guy in the Whites' House.

    September 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. durundal

    Rudy, your 'nonsensical americans' idea has more merit than you probably realize. I would strongly recommend a book by Bryan Caplan (Myth of the Rational Voter), which discusses the longstanding theories regarding this, and delves into the concept of rational irrationality (among other things).

    September 27, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. b0bc4t

    The "party of NO (Republicans) are putting their foot down when it comes to the party of "YES We CAN!" much like when a child in a shopping cart pulls toys off the shelves and tosses them into the cart, while the responsible adult knows these have to be paid for before we leave the store! Democrats continue to not realize that every dollar spent has to come from somewhere .... Given a finite amount to spend, we have to subtract from our budget every time we add an item like FEMA.

    Democrats cry that we are not letting them have their toys, while Republicans try to get them to realize that everyday IS NOT Christmas for them to find presents under the tree. When you spend what you have and there's no more ... STOP!

    September 27, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. last721

    Could we please have a poll that asks a final question at the end – Do you take Fox news as the gospel truth? I bet 99% of those that do not like anything Obama does are addicted to Faux news propaganda and are unwilling to do anymore fact checking, research, reading various resources or even watching different news channels. I wonder what the new polls would be if everyone really were given fair and balanced news.

    September 27, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. HawaiiBirth

    when two egotistic heads meets, the end results would be disaster for the Americans. Both Republicans and Democrats have their own size of ego, an ego that they would rather keep, at the expense of American deteriorating living condition. We can't allow this, they are destroying our livelihood and our freedom to spend money as we pleased. Let's all remember who they are on November 2012.

    September 27, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Clephas

    Not really surprising... while the Democrats are marginally more willing to compromise, the fact remains that they are becoming more and more polarized as well. The Tea Partiers and the GOP's unwillingness to give up on appeasing them are the reason for the strengthening of polarized partisanship in politics nowadays... and making it worse is that they have the idiocy to think that nearly shutting down the government on a regular basis is some kind of victory...

    September 27, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "Why bash the Tea Party people?"

    Maybe because they bash everyone who disagrees with their world view, and smash everything that stands in their way?

    September 27, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    FM wrote:
    Oh! No!! who won last election if not GOP. What have they done so far since they won the election? And what did they promise to do during their campaigning? How many jobs have they produced so far since they won the election. Folks, you need to wake up and realise where is the reality. These people (GOP) lied to you.
    -------------
    I call the Nov. 2010 elections "The Great Sucker Punch" on the American people. "You want jobs. Ha! We are in office and now *cut* your jobs."

    September 27, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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