June 29th, 2007
09:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Support for Dems in Congress wavering, GOP still in disfavor

Poll respondents aren't as enamored of Sen. Harry Reid's Democrats, but still prefer them to Republicans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic leadership in Congress has lost some support among Americans - but not so much that the public wants Republicans back in charge, according to results of a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll released Friday.

Nearly half of 515 poll respondents, or 49 percent, said they disapproved of what Democratic leaders in Congress have done since taking over in January. Forty-two percent said they approve. In May, 49 percent of poll respondents approved and 44 percent did not.

However, 57 percent said they believe Democratic control of Congress is good for the country, as opposed to 31 percent who said it is not. In November, the same month midterm elections were held and Democrats assumed control, 67 percent of poll respondents said Democratic control of Congress is good for the nation.

The sampling error for those questions is plus or minus 4.5 percent, as they were asked of a half sample out of 1,029 poll respondents.

In general, Democrats still enjoy more favor than the GOP among Americans, the poll showed. Fifty-three percent of 907 poll respondents who are registered voters said they would vote for a Democratic candidate for Congress if elections were held today, as opposed to 41 percent who said they would vote Republican. The sampling error for that question is plus or minus 3.5 percent.

And 51 percent of the 1,029 respondents said they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, with 38 percent reporting an unfavorable opinion. Fifty-three percent said their opinion of the GOP is unfavorable, compared to 36 percent who said it is favorable. The margin of error for those questions is plus or minus 3 percent.

The telephone poll was conducted June 22 through 24.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Voln, Sierra Vista, AZ

    Coach knight. How do you think you can get a point across when you racial comments on another blogger? whitey?

    I'm not even sure what exact 6 decades of damage you are referring to, but I can say, democrats AND republicans have both had control of presidency or congress since then. Don't blame white people, blame politicians.

    June 29, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Richard Orlando, FL

    CNN can create as many polls as they want. It will not change the fact that I do not trust conservatives to provide the proper oversight, balance budgets, and follow the Constitution instead of trying to amendment it. The GOP's focus has become all about power, not serving the people. In fact, I would take what we have in Congress now over the arrogance of the past 6 years any day.

    June 29, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. LooseyGoosey

    Way is it that only liberal loonies are allowed to use words like LIAR and FOOL on this forum? Not to mention the bigoty being expressed in their personal attacks.
    Speaks volumes about CNN's sence of fair play..

    June 29, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Both parties represent corporate interests and powerful lobbies, otherwise they end up not getting the millions of dollars necessary for campaigns. Even if Obama's campaign runs differently, he would be at the mercy of big business if he came into power.
    The Democrats can't do much right now because they only hold and slim majority and Bush vetoes anything they do. The Supreme Court is now sadly dominated by the right (as seen in the most recent rulings), so we don't have as much as far as checks and balances, do we? Like a previous comment stated: at least this Democrat controlled congress won't allow Bush to do whatever he wants like the souless Republican-controlled congress before.

    June 29, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    The Democrats were voted into majority because the majority of Americans do not approve of this president and his course of actions. The Democrats have been charged with bringing a “change of direction”.

    This article says the Democrats are losing approval. Why? Because they are not doing the job we elected them to do. And Bush is forcing their hand. If you remember about a month ago, the Iraq war finding bill had to be passed. The Democrats asked for a reasonable measure that the Iraqi government was training troops and would be ready to stand on it’s own. Bush vetoed the bill, saying there would be no time tables for withdrawal.

    So the Democrats are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they don’t give the troops funding, they’re slammed for not funding the troops. If they give Bush the bill he wants, they’re slammed for not fighting to help end the war.

    The problem is BUSH – not the Democrats. And “executive privilege” does not mean he is free to do whatever he wants with no responsibility or accountability.

    June 29, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Hawk Tx,

    So the democrats have a one vote majority and that one vote difference happens to be JOE LIBERMAN with DICK CHENEY as the tie breaker.so how much can they get done.

    June 29, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Gene in Dallas

    I HATE the Republican scum that brought us Bush/Cheney. That and their relentless move to the extreme right has made me determined to vote against them every time they come up for a vote. The Republican Party has made our great country a laughingstock, and I feel it is a crime that these two crooks have not been impeached already...

    June 29, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Gene in Big D

    Hey Loosey Goosey,
    Its the "Liberal Media Conspiricy", that's why you cannot post using the same words I use. The LMC has watches all inbred Fascists like you, and keeps a log of every move you make, what you watch on TV(obviously FOX News, and maybe Tele Tubbies), and where you and your sister/wife go...

    June 29, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. LoooseyGoosey

    Thanks Gene,

    Your liberal rant has made my point perfectly clear..

    June 29, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. L Bass, Portland, Or

    If our government had not been sold, lock, stock and barrel, to the corporations, perhaps the people might find something to approve of, but it is no longer a government "of the People, by the people, for the people". We the people, have been betrayed. Why is there no discussion of a Constitutional Convention. We could take our government back by legal means, before it gets totally out of hand.

    June 30, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Perry, Dallas, Texas

    Looks like the demo-socialists had a dissapointing week. The amnesty bill was killed, and 3 terrorist attacks were foiled.

    June 30, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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