October 8th, 2008
05:14 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN Poll: Bailout bill taking a toll on congressional Democrats?

The $700 billion bailout may be taking more of a toll on congressional Democrats.

The $700 billion bailout may be taking more of a toll on congressional Democrats.

(CNN) - The nation's financial crisis and the subsequent $700 billion government bailout may be taking more of a toll on congressional Democrats than their Republican counterparts.

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, a generic congressional Democrat beats a generic congressional Republican by 5 points, 52-47 percent. That margin has narrowed considerably from three weeks ago, when Democrats held a 14 point lead in a similar CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

But voters give slightly lower approval ratings to Congressional Republicans than Democrats. The poll shows only 34 percent approve of the Democratic leadership's performance, while 27 percent say the same for Republican leaders. Overall, more than three fourths of voters disapprove of Congress' performance.

“The public is essentially saying ‘a pox on both your houses’ to the parties in Congress,” noted CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “Both the Democrats and the Republicans are held in extremely low esteem at the moment. Republican-leaning voters, however, finally appear to be coming home to the GOP. If the current generic ballot numbers hold on Election Night, congressional Republicans may not fare nearly as poorly as many observers expected a few months ago.”

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soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. ber6964

    Vote smart Vote Obama!!

    October 8, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. CJ

    The past is prologue: we cannot worry about the past failings of the Bush administration, but we must worry about the future of our economy and society. Although, we must reflect on whose administration brought us to our present financial condition. The Clinton aministration gave America one of its greatest increases in general wealth in some time. A fresh, Democratic face is needed. The time is now and not later to act!
    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Hispanic for McCain/Palin

    Do what's best for the country. Vote McCain/Palin!

    October 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Brian

    "That One" 08/12

    October 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. democrats /PA

    i am one democrat that will not vote for a demo this year
    iam all taxed out
    all they want to do is tax

    October 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. sick n tired

    Anyone in Congress for the past 8 years Republican or Democrat should be worried!! They all had a hand in this and to believe otherwise would be breathtakingly foolish!!!

    October 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. karen

    Cindy McCain needs to get a grip! The Republicans have run the dirtiest campaigns in history! Her husband is the one who started this horrible mudslinging–so she has him to thank for this. Do you honestly think that the Democrats were going to sit idly by this time and let the Republicans steal the election like they did in 2004??
    Enough is enough– so if she can't stand the heat –she needs to get out of the kitchen!!!!n I guess she is just upset that she is not going to be the "first lady"! Poor little rich girl!

    October 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    If I remeber correctly the REPUBLICANs didn't vote FOR the Bailout until there was BILLIONS in B...S.... in it for them.

    It went from a 4 page bill to a 400 page bill.

    And Cindy McCain can go to H E double toothpicks. She is nothing but a PLASTIC PRADA BAG OF BONES.

    October 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. J J

    They are all full of it. Congress, the less than stellar presidental candidates they are all in it for themselves and they will do or say anything to get elected. Even Obama.

    October 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. BJGT

    "Behind every great fortune is a great crime." Balzac

    October 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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