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. Rudy NYC

    According to the poll, the majority of Americans feel that either party is wrong when it comes to policy to correct our country's woes. That makes no sense because you cannot have it both ways. Either your poll is flawed, your results were skewed by people giving nonsensical replies.

    September 27, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Bob

    Been saying that for years........Throw BOTH parties out of office and let's some people in who care about EVERYONE in America.

    September 27, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Sniffit

    GOP: "We repeat...MISSION ACCOMPLISHED...government is broken and doesn't work...see...we broke it and won't let it."

    September 27, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The poll indicates that 53 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the tea party, an all-time high."

    Getting tired of the "TeaParty" as a separate entity, CNN. These folks are nothing more than Republican shrills. Separating them from the pack absolutely skews Republican polls, and while it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the reasoning behind separating them from Republican polls, it does speaks volumes to the corporate need of continuing to mislead the American public as to who these folks absolutely represent.

    September 27, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. j

    Duh !!!! The rich really don`t want to pay ANY taxes ; the poor (middle class) are broke, frustrated and want jobs. Tea Partiers are the Hooverites of 1930. Cut,cut, cut while the rich are complacent to allow the country to fall into a deep, long lasting Great Depression. --– History will repeat itself. Revolution is quietly brewing.........

    September 27, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Joe

    A one party policy has never been good for anyone. The parties used to work together to find a solution that worked for everyone. They are no longer do that. THAT is whats wrong with the government. One side has locked down the process and refuses to budge.

    September 27, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. king

    i wonder what world the american people been living in. when obama came into the financial crisis he took a 9 percent retraction and turned it into a 5 percent growth. this all stopped when scott brown was elected to the senate, the repugs have been fillabusting ever since, this stopped our growth in its tracks. now the repugs have taken over the the congress and the country seems to be going in the opposite direction. this is why i am skeptical about our country's future, just because of the gullibility of our citizens.

    September 27, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Mike

    The results of the poll is what I would have expected. this country is mostly moderate fro each party. Etxreme liberalism and conservatism is not popular. That is the reason for the staelmates in our government. Both side are currently controlled by there extreme wing and a result neither side will compromise. Our government functions at it's best when both parties can come together via compromise and govern accordingly. Until that happens we will continue to spiral downward.

    September 27, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Ohio

    @ Bob
    Great thought , but remember the Tea party says they speak for the American people remember, and there are doing what the American people want, and so do the Dems.. but when you start doing things for America as in rebuilding america its called socialism or a hand out to the lazy. They rather rebuild another country and let corp america run this country.

    September 27, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. FM

    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. They are now enjoying their pay, but nothing they have done so far since you elected them. Where are the jobs they campaigned for. ZERO; ZERO! They cornered you and you still regard them as reliable folks?

    September 27, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    The Majority of Americans are lazy cowards that don`t want to call a spade a spade.

    Until such time as we thoroughly punish 1 party, things will not get better. Now, I know which party I WOULD PUNISH but that is not the point.

    America, you must STOP calling "offsetting penalties" on both sides. The whole "both sides are @ fault" approach gets the country nowhere and requires no thought or investment in citizens to pay attention, think, decide and then take action.

    Accountability is key. We have horrendus National Debt. It was built up over YEARS and is crippling our ability to restore our economy. Only 1 party`s policies have been the primary driver and despite "cutesey talking points" by one party we all should be able to see the cause-n-effect.

    September 27, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. BR

    The posters in this comment section irritate me with their misinformed views. Since when did it become un-American to pay as we go? What happened to the responsible American who felt proud to do without some things so that we could afford to live another day? Why bash the Tea Party people? They just want to pay for what we do today instead of sticking it to our children and grandchildren. Where is your pride???

    September 27, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Bozzz

    The parties are only reflecting the divisiveness of the american people. Don't blame the government. If you feel that "liberals are stupid" or "conservatives are morons" you are the problem. The government only reflects this kind of childish thinking.

    September 27, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. paofpa

    All new house members.

    The current to do not want to talk; they do not want to discuss; they only want to criticize if they don’t or do get their way. Really, there has not one good action for most of the members. But they are good cheerleaders; some are even in orbit.

    September 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Truth is........neither party has spoken anything about the root cause of America's problem, nor indicated any willingness to address that problem, save the guy most love to hate.........Donald Trump.

    The truth is, he is right........we have allowed Corporate America to send all of our jobs to China, and we aren't willing to take action, to stop that, nor to reverse that trend, and return jobs to America. Neither political party is addressing that issue, and frankly, there is NO other way to solve that problem. As long as we allow American Corporations to manufacture off shore, there will no longer be any jobs in America. That is not a hard concept to grasp.......but it seems to be one no one wants to talk about.

    That is precisely why neither party can be considered as doing anything truly positive for America. However, we have to stop driving our deficit up, with runaway spending......as Obama is doing.......or we will have ZERO chance, of ever getting our problem under control, in the future. Obama is bankrupting us, from within.

    At least the GOP is trying to demonstrate some fiscal responsibility, which the Democrats have zero of. The Democrats are the "welfare party" and they take great delight in pushing the people of this country into welfare, and keeping them there.

    September 27, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Well, the Democrats have used the tax code to redistribute income in this country to the point that nearly 50% don't pay any federal income tax. Free rides at others expense. That will easily explain most of the people that don't think the Republican policies are good. It would endanger the Democrat gravy train.

    September 27, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    BR irrates me. His/her pride gives me hives.
    So people don't like either party. Good ~ finally the time has come ~ the new morning in America.
    .
    Let the disney folks run the government.
    Some day ~ if the country lasts that long ~ and that is a big if.
    Several political parties will exist and coalition government will be forced upon
    the spoiled "rots" of the republican and democratic parties.

    September 27, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. westchesterny

    The greatest generation evolves into the greediest generation which evolves into ? William H Harrison is the last president to see a significant debt decrease from one election year to another... since then its been rising like Texas wildfire.

    September 27, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Bill

    Looking at how most Americans feel about the Tea Party it makes one wonder why all these GOP candidates are bowing down to this loud, but small group of disgruntled people. The Republicnas are only hurting themselves by representing the Tea Party's views and ignoring how the majority of Americans feel. This is the reaosn, that as bad as the economy and job situation is, that Obama will be re-elected in 2012. The GOP will have has no one to blame but themselves when they fail to take the White House and possibly lose the House of Representatives.

    September 27, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. John

    This article points out the disparities between repubs and dems in a very stark fashion. I'm happy to read that the tea-party is going away. They are the most distrustful people I've ever seen political or otherwise. Lisa on top of lies pulled on top of rumors and conjecture.

    September 27, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "What happened to the responsible American who felt proud to do without some things so that we could afford to live another day?"

    There's plenty of us. We're called the middle-class. The people who are refusing to "go without" (as if it would even remotely come close to that) are the rich and corporations paying people to fight for their preferential treatment and exalted, special status above the rest of us with respect to tax breaks, subsidies, loopholes, deductions, special treatment in other areas of life and government...not to mention that as their corproations and investments all became more and more profitable as a result of the hard work, blood, sweat and tears of the people they employ, they all just pocketed all the profit and kept paying themselves more and more and more while leaving their employees' average salaries stagnant for the past several decades...all because they weren't wiling to "go without" 400 times as much pay as their average middle-class worker or the golden toilets it affords them.

    September 27, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. StarBorneMaiden

    I say just throw out both parties and elect people on their records. Them, we won't have those kind of problems

    September 27, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Time to move to canada

    September 27, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Blackman in America

    The teabaggers are just plan STUPID to believe "less" government is 1 going to ever happen and 2. "the right thing to do". repuks are as "psycho" as ever, only one of the presidental hopefuls has a brian, the rest are just all about that "mightie whitie" thing that repuks LOV. Dems..................well there Dems, you nevea know whats really going on with them. Over all I wouldn't trust any of them because at the end of the day they all work for "speical interests" and NOT my interests.

    September 27, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. boocat

    We need term limits...'nuff said.

    September 27, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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