June 29th, 2007
09:10 AM ET
9 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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  1. RW

    I have a feeling the GOP wont be in favor for a long long time. They've done far too much damage. Though it remains to be seen how much the Dems will screw up.

    June 29, 2007 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. LooseyGoosey

    Here we go again..

    Opinion Research Poll is owned by InfoUSA. A personal data collection company that sells your information to the highest bidder. Nothing from this poll can be see as factually representing America because they know who their calling ahead of time.

    Of course CNN doesn't want you to know that.

    June 29, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. george arthur

    I WILL NOT VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT AGAIN . SAME OLD THING. IS THIS ANOTHER DO NOTHING CONGRESS? they better get something going before they lose a lot of voters.

    June 29, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. RightyTighty

    This Congress has been ranked as the worst in history. And yet CNN wants us to belive otherwise.

    Courrpt polling equates to courrpt results.

    June 29, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. DEF, Florida

    The poll actual reveals that the American people are increasingly disgusted with all American politicians, regardless of their party affiliation.

    June 29, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Quinn, Washington, DC

    This is clearly happening because it's simply a power struggle in our "government". No matter what, any legislation pushed out by the Dems is going to be vetoed by Bush. AND, every bill that Bush wants to push to congress is going to lose. So, it's just a vicious cycle. We need to tear it all down and rebuild everything from scratch. We cannot rely on a 231 year old government anymore!

    June 29, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Ian, Munich, Germany

    Thanks CNN for making a big deal out of absolutely nothing! A swing from 49% approval to 42% approval since May, with a sampling error of +/-4.5% for each poll sounds worthy of a headline to me. I think you may have found a trend, here – a trend of overanalyzing statistically identical numbers. I wonder what would happen if you asked voters next week???

    June 29, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    Dear Cnn/Opinion Research Poll

    You failed to contact me so here is my opinion & one held by millions of others.

    We do not want Republican or Democratic leadership!

    Time for a rEVOLution!!

    STOP BAD GOVERNMENT! NOW!!

    June 29, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Harold, NY NY

    This is not a surprise. Once you get past the old "Red vs Blue" you come to realize that the parties have come so close together that little changes.

    Everyone is rank and file with the party lines, and they have the same interests.

    Why is anyone suprised?

    Until you get someone like Bloomberg who is basically a businessman with little interest in politics, little will change in how our government works.

    June 29, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Mark Darling, Sebring, Florida

    Spend and tax democrats who are not very american in their opinions and votes. I hope we change the entire congres this coming election, more conservative thinking, tax cuts, and less regulations so we can build necular power plants for less expensive power for ALL OF AMERICA, and make a move to hydrogen powered vehicles so the prices of food will not go through the roof. But alas this may be wishful thinking if Clinton get the election.

    June 29, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Bill W, Coatesville

    This proves that the election of the Democratic Congress was a referendum on Bush, depsite his claims to the contrary.

    Personally, I think having the Democrats in power right now is good for the country, because Bush is not free to push his agenda with rubber stamp votes right now – he has some checks and balances. God knows what else besides the immigration bill he would push down our throats if he could.

    I also do not vote based solely on Democrat or Republican. There is much more to it. It is about the candidate and what he or she represents. Some Republicans oppose Bush. Some Democrats side with Bush. So there are other things to consider.

    June 29, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    I also know this – If Hillary Clinton is the best the Democrats can do, they will not get my vote.

    June 29, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Liz, Washington DC

    How can this be the worst ranked Congress in history when they haven't even completed their first session?

    June 29, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    GOP = Government Over People!. If the last six years has not proven that, especially to "conservatives", then I don't know how you could believe Democrats can do a worse job!

    June 29, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Joe, Louisville, KY

    Worst Congress in history? No, that wold be the last Congress that did everything Bush asked for.

    June 29, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Poll data is only indicative of those that answer the poll. I love the way the media grabs onto poll data and extrapolates the answers of 1000 people onto the entire population.

    What time of the day was the poll taken? What day of the week was the poll taken? These are all elements that factor into the poll results.

    As far as democrats and republicans, they're all the same.

    June 29, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. E - Yardley, PA

    The Democratic leadership would have retained a higher level of credibility had it not allowed the immigration reform and border security bill to become front-loaded with perks and benefits for a single ethnic voting bloc instead of listenting to the democratic core middle class voters who simply wanted a more secure border control system. Had they concentrated on that, and compromised with some conservatives on that issue, we'd have had a shot at improving border security, and then could have moved forward on immigration reform. Instead, they did not listen to the people who elected them and messed it up.

    June 29, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Dear Quinn. What makes you think that what we've got now is what the Founding Fathers intended 231 years ago? Alas, it didn't take 231 years for the ambitious and power-hungry to abort their intentions. George Washingon warned us to avoid party politics AND entangling foreign alliances. It didn't take us long to ignore him.

    June 29, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. RightyTighty

    Worst Congress in history? No, that wold be the last Congress that did everything Bush asked for.
    – Joe, Louisville

    Sorry Joe, but truely scientific polling companies, such as Gallop, are ranking this Congress' approval rating at 14%. The worst ever recorded!

    June 29, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. ReadBtwthelins

    Boy, you guys sure are paranoid about Gallup dumping you. Like it a secret or something??

    June 29, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. RightyTighty

    "CNN has far fewer viewers than it did in the past, and we feel that our brand was getting lost and diluted,"
    "...We have only about 200,000 viewers during our CNN segments."
    -Gallup

    So InfoUSA was brought onboard at CNN because it prefers whats its brand to get lost and diluted?? Hmmm..

    June 29, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. David Snyder, Eden Prairie, MN

    Once September arrives and the "Surge in Iraq" is shown to be too little too late the Democrats will regain significant public approval by bringing an end to the Iraq fiasco.

    June 29, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. James Harris, Killeen, TX

    George Wallace had it right in 1968 when he said that there wasn't 10 cents worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans. There's even less difference now.

    June 29, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Coach Knight, Indiana

    RightyTighty? Ha! Might as well just say WHITEYtighty. Please...the worst Congress in history. Are you that big of a fool? This Congress has had exactly 6 months to fix the 6 decades worth of damage YOUR president and his cronies have inflicted on the country.
    Here's a novel idea...maybe the American people are displeased with Congress for backing down from the president after the veto of the bill to bring the troops home! hell, why do you think voters threw your a** out of office in the first place? They want a new direction...NOW!
    By the way, you'd think that a conservative loonie would know how to spell "corrupt".

    June 29, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    After spending months on the internet, my understanding of lower polling for the Dems is because they have not ended the "occupation" of Iraq and they have not pushed for impeachment.

    If they do those two things they will be superstars!

    June 29, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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