June 8th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Voters give Congress thumbs down

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A new national poll suggests that Americans' support for their member of Congress is at an all time low. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)


Washington (CNN) - As voters in 12 states cast ballots today, a new national poll suggests that Americans' support for their member of Congress is at an all time low.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday, only 29 percent of the public says they are inclined to vote for their member of the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections. That level is even lower than in 1994, when voters swept the Democrats out of power in both the House and Senate.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted late last month also indicated that this is shaping up to be an anti-incumbent year. Forty-seven percent of registered voters questioned in the survey said they were more likely to vote for a challenger than an incumbent, with only three in ten saying they'd back the incumbent.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that 26 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, with more than seven in ten saying they disapprove of how federal lawmakers are performing. Congressional approval stood at 34 percent in June of 1994, and at 33 percent in May of 2006, the year that Democrats won back control of the House and the Senate from the GOP.

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June 6th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Tea Party backed candidate in Nevada surging

Los Angeles (CNN) - A second straight poll suggests that a candidate backed by a national Tea Party organization is now in the lead in the battle for Nevada's Republican Senate nomination.

With two days to go until Nevada's primary, a new Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicates that 32 percent of likely GOP primary voters back Sharron Angle. The former member of the Nevada Assembly has won endorsements in recent months from many conservative organizations, including significant financial backing from the Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party group best known for running three cross country bus caravans, and the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative organization.

Angle has aggressively touted her connection to Tea Party activists, calling the movement "a tsunami of conservatism across this country."

According to the poll, which was released Sunday, 24 percent support Las Vegas businessman and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian, with 23 percent pulling for businesswoman and former Nevada GOP party chairwoman Sue Lowden. The remaining candidates in the field of a 13 bidding for the Republican Senate nomination are in single digits in the survey. Thirteen percent of people questioned in the poll remain undecided. The percentage of people unsure about their vote is up five points from a Mason Dixon poll released a week ago.
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Filed under: 2010 • Danny Tarkanian • Nevada • Poll • Sharron Angle • Sue Lowden • Tea Party movement
June 3rd, 2010
01:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Polls: Obama at 48 percent approval at 500 day mark

President Obama's approval rating is at 48 percent.
President Obama's approval rating is at 48 percent.

Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks 500 days in the White House, a new average of the most recent national polls indicates that less than half of the public approves of the job he's doing in office.

According to a CNN Poll of Polls, 48 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing, with 45 percent saying they disapprove of the president's performance. This stands in sharp contrast to Obama's popularity after his first 100 days in office, which was at 63 percent in a CNN Poll of Polls compiled for that occassion.

The CNN Poll of Polls' Thursday release comes on the president's 500th day in the White House, with the count starting on January 20, 2009, the day Obama was inaugurated. The CNN Poll of Polls consists of the six surveys conducted in late May and early June: Fox (May 18-19), NBC (May 20-23), CNN/Opinion Research Corporation (May 21-23), Quinnipiac University (May 19-24), CBS (May 20-24) and the Gallup tracking poll (May 29-June 1). The CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.

"Obama's administration has had a lot of ups and downs this year, but the average of his approval ratings has remained relatively stable," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "His average approval rating has hovered between 48 percent and 50 percent throughout 2010, and for the past three months, it has ben at either 48 or 49 percent."

So how does Obama's approval rating at the 500 day mark compare to his most recent predecessors?

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May 13th, 2010
01:58 PM ET
4 years ago

New poll spells trouble for incumbents, Democrats

A new poll indicates trouble for incumbents on Capitol Hill.
A new poll indicates trouble for incumbents on Capitol Hill.

Washington (CNN) - With crucial congressional primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania less than a week away, a new poll reveals trouble ahead for incumbents, and suggests that the Republican party may be well positioned to capitalize on intense voter distrust directed at Washington.

When likely voters were asked in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Thursday which party they'd prefer to control Congress, equal numbers – forty four percent – supported each party.

The move represents a significant shift from April 2008, when during the run-up to President Obama's election, 49 percent said they would prefer Democratic control, while Republicans garnered only 34 percent.

Republican gains may be buttressed by feelings of anti-incumbent voter anger that have swept the country this year.
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May 13th, 2010
10:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Sestak, Toomey neck-and-neck in new poll

A new poll out Thursday shows Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania, gaining ground against the likely Republican nominee in a hypothetical general election match-up.
A new poll out Thursday shows Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania, gaining ground against the likely Republican nominee in a hypothetical general election match-up.

(CNN) – Less than a week before Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary, a new poll shows Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak gaining ground in a hypothetical general election match-up against former Rep. Pat Toomey, the likely Republican nominee.

In a head-to-head race between Toomey and Sestak, forty-two percent of those surveyed said they would back Toomey while 40 percent said they would support Sestak, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

In a Quinnipiac poll released April 8, Toomey led Sestak by 8 percentage points – with Toomey's support at 42 percent and Sestak's was 34 percent.

Related: PA Dem primary a dead heat, polls say

"The money that Sestak has been spending introducing himself to Democratic primary voters with TV ads seems to be having an effect on general election voters as well," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said. "The difference is largely among independent voters, who favor Toomey 52 – 31 percent over Specter, but only 46 – 30 percent over Sestak."
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Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania • Poll • Popular Posts
May 7th, 2010
09:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Crist leads in new Florida poll

A Mason-Dixon poll reveals that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leads a hypothetical three-way race for Senate.
A Mason-Dixon poll reveals that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist leads a hypothetical three-way race for Senate.

Washington (CNN) – Gov. Charlie Crist leads in a hypothetical three-way race for Senate in Florida, a week after he decided to leave the Republican primary and run as an independent.

Crist enjoys a six point advantage over Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek in a new Mason-Dixon poll of 625 registered voters surveyed by telephone.

Crist captures 38 percent in the new poll, followed by Rubio with 32 percent and Meek with 19 percent.

Crist announced last week that he would run for Senate as an independent candidate, sidestepping a primary showdown with Rubio. The survey shows that Crist enjoys double-digit support from Democrats.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio • Poll
May 4th, 2010
09:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Specter's lead over Sestak shrinking

A new poll out Tuesday indicates that Sen. Arlen Specter's lead in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary is shrinking.
A new poll out Tuesday indicates that Sen. Arlen Specter's lead in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary is shrinking.

(CNN) - With two weeks to go until Pennsylvania's primary, a new poll indicates that Rep. Joe Sestak is narrowing the gap with Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate nomination battle.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, Specter leads Sestak 47 percent to 39 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, with 14 percent undecided. Thirty-five percent of people who say they have picked a candidate indicate they still may change their mind. Specter's eight-point edge is down from a 21-point advantage in a Quinnipiac poll released April 7.

Specter, a five-term senator, switched parties from Republican to Democrat last spring. At the time of the party switch, he cited the difficulty in winning the Republican primary against Pat Toomey as a factor. Toomey, the Republican candidate in the race, is a former congressman and former head of the Club for Growth, a limited-government and anti-tax organization.
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May 3rd, 2010
08:27 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Large lead for Fisher in Ohio primary battle

(CNN) - On the eve of Ohio's primary, a new poll indicates that Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher holds a 20-point lead over Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in the race for their state's Democratic senate nomination.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Monday morning, 43 percent of likely Democratic primary voters back Fisher, with 23 percent support Brunner. But nearly a third of the Democratic voters questioned in the poll say they remain undecided and 44 of those who said they are backing one candidate or another indicate they might change their mind by Tuesday's primary.

A Quinnipiac survey released last week indicated Fisher held a 17-point advantage over Brunner.
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April 30th, 2010
11:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Natl. Poll: More favor than oppose Arizona immigration law

Washington (CNN) - Nearly four in ten Americans support Arizona's new immigration law while three in ten say they oppose it, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Thursday indicates that 39 percent of the public says from they know or have heard about the new law, they support it, with 30 percent opposed and 31 percent saying they have not heard of the new law or have no opinion.

The poll was conducted April 27-28. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation into law on April 23. The law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there is reason to suspect they are in the United States illegally. The measure also makes it a state crime to live in or travel through Arizona illegally. The laws has ignited protests in the state and across the country and some are urging economic boycotts of Arizona.

According to the survey, nearly eight out of ten Americans have heard about the law. Of those, 51 percent support the measure and 39 percent oppose the law.

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Poll • Popular Posts
April 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Majority say Obama will make right choice on nomination

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say they have confidence in President Obama to make the right decision when it comes to filling the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court, according to a new national poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning indicates that 53 percent of the public is very or somewhat confident that the president will make the right decision in nominating a justice to the high court, with 46 percent saying they are not too confident or not confident at all when it comes to Obama's decision.

Forty-six percent of people questioned say they trust the president rather than Senate Republicans to make the right choice, with 43 percent saying they trust Senate Republicans over Obama. But by a 48 to 41 percent margin, respondents say senators who don't agree with the president's eventual nominee on key issues should filibuster the choice.

According to the poll, nearly three in 10 say the Supreme Court is too liberal, with nearly one in five saying it's too conservative and four in 10 saying it's about right. The survey also indicates that nearly eight in 10 say that the justices allow political views to enter their decisions.

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