June 24th, 2010
03:11 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority angry at both political parties

Washington (CNN) - Americans are angry at both the Republican and Democratic parties, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday.

But the survey also indicates the public continues to blame the GOP more than the Democrats for the country's current economic woes even though the Democrats have controlled both the White House and Congress for a year and a half.

Fifty-three percent of people questioned say when it comes to the way the Democrats and Republicans have been dealing with the nation's problems, they are angry at both parties, with nine percent saying they're mad only at the Republicans and seven percent angry only at the Democrats. Just over three in ten say they're not angry at either party.

"That's not good news for the Democrats, since an anti-incumbent mood always hurts the party with more incumbents, but it suggests that 2010 may not be a precise replay of 1994," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The survey indicates that nearly six in ten Independent voters say they are angry at both parties, with only four percent angry only at the GOP and six percent mad only at the Democrats. Just over three in ten say they are not angry at either party.

The poll suggests a slight generational divide, with 43 percent of those under age 50 saying they are not mad at either party. That number drops to 15 percent for those 50 and older.

According to the survey, 41 percent say the Republicans are more to blame for the country's current economic problems, with 28 percent saying the fault lies with the Democrats and just over one in four saying both parties are responsible.

"This is another indication that this year's midterm elections may not be a repeat of 1994. A poor economy usually benefits the out-party, but a plurality of the public blames the GOP, not the Democrats, by a three-to-two ratio," adds Holland.

Among Independent voters, 21 percent blame the Democrats, 35 percent say the GOP is responsible and 36 percent blame both parties for the economic mess.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Wednesday, June 16, with 534 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Read: Full results (pdf)

Filed under: CNN poll • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Jane Krummel

    Why on earth can't these "things" that represent us see tthe problem. Oh wiat, that's right, the voters don't lavish them with millions in their campaign coffers like the lobbyists do. We are just the people who actually elect them. I bet if the poll went deeper, though most Americans think their representative isn't the problem it's the rest of them. My district tossed out its incumbant 3 years ago and replaced a career politican with a high school teacher. I wouldn't want him tossed out of office just yet. I don't kknow how many other districts are like this.

    We need campaign reform and congressional term limits – but I don't hear anyone pushing for either of them in the halls of Congress and the Supreme Court seems to think unlimited campaign spending is just fine.

    It's simply disgusting to me.

    June 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Lando

    They only polled the Republibans...

    June 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Not very thrilled with either party, but blazing angry at the party that "blessed" us with Obamacare. The arrogant way it was done is even worse that the ridiculous plan itself.

    June 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. MARTY, AL

    I'm extremely angry at the media(CNN Anderson Cooper) for allowing people like Jindal and Billy Fat Guy Parish President to complain everyday about the small things. What are they doing to stop the oil gushing and how would they clean up 300 miles of oil, again 300 miles of shoreline from Fl to LA. These two idiots need to be put up or shut the hell up. They are both republicans and will do or say anything to make Obama look bad. CNN report the news!!

    June 24, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Blaum

    The Dems have had Congress for a hell of a lot longer than a year and a half.....

    June 24, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Ruthy

    Why be angry at the parties? They just represent the folks who elected them. Two-party electoral democracy in the US is immature, childish, selfish, obese with lobbying and adversarial. Just like Americans!

    June 24, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. The Real Me

    That is not a surprise. Both parties play to their own special interest groups and forget about John Q. Public.

    June 24, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Dano

    The GOP is mostly responsible for the mess our economy is in. Their insistance on lowering taxes (mostly on upper income earners) while waging 2 wars was almost universally condemned by economists years ago as a sure fire disaster in the making. I don't think the housing crash can be blamed on either party because most of that was caused by people's greed and taking on more debt than they could handle, and by lax credit restrictions by banks and mortgage companies.

    June 24, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. The CNN for interpretation of this polling missing the mark....

    The majority of Americans are angry AT the Republican party. And a minority of Democrats have been angry WITHIN the Democratic party. There is a difference.... Democrats have had disagreements within their own party about which conditions to attain in meeting their goals; in which they all generally agree upon. But the majority of America is angry at Republicans for their failure to govern and the damage it's caused. And Republicans are divided among themselves regarding what their goal should be. Those only concerned with profits and shareholders seem to be the only persons completely satisfied with the GOP......

    June 24, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. AGuest9

    Everybody whines, but nothing ever changes. Vote them all out, you'll only end up with a new batch of useless, rich lawyers running the country, anyway.

    June 24, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Steve

    Proof positive that they are swallowing the Kool-aid that CNN, NBC, etc have been serving. No mention of Franks (D) and Dodd(D) in the public outcry regarding the housing industry and dereguulation-which touched all of this off.

    Also, no mention of the blatant disregard that this Democratic Congress and Administration has shown for the will of the MAJORITY-every poll, nearly every issue. The continue to ramrod their personal agendas while 1/3 of Americans sit back and applaud, however, these numbers never seem to be reflected by CNN when it comes to a poll about "Satisfaction." Could it be who you're asking, what you're asking, or maybe, just a blatant misreporting of the results? Mmmm, the numbers just never add up.

    June 24, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. doug

    If you are thinking about Voting Democrat and have a shred of decency, may I please invite you to my blue area of the NYC metro for a week long vacation?

    You should witness first-hand what it is that you are supporting if you vote Democrat. Sure, house wives of Nj or Jersey Shore give you some insight but you need to experience such liberals first hand to really get it.


    June 24, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    CNN actually spent money for a poll to find this out? Wow.

    June 24, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Politicians suck in general, but it seems that the party of NO is not for the little man, the environment, health care for every American.
    The rethugs are in bed with the oil companies, the insurance companies and any and every company that can screw the little guy while they make themselves rich.
    Just heard on the Rick show that somebody has started the lie that President Obama "created" the oil spill. As a long time Democrat I still don't believe that the shrub's administration was instrumental of anything on 9/11. Mainly because he is not that smart!

    June 24, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Rosalie Pena Chicago

    Of course it is the republicans fault. How can you blame the democrats for whats happening right now, the GOP was in charge for eight years its finally coming back to roost. The American people have a choice in November. If we dont forget the pain and suffering from the last eight years, then the American people will have to punish the GOP for a long time. Lets teach them a lesson and keep them out for 20 or 30 years. that will teach there asses to do the right thing. I remember when Clinton was President, when he left office we had a surplus. Now look at us were in deep shit. But you cannot blame the democrats. Everytime a Republican takes office the country is turned upside down. If we remember the pain and suffering then i guarantee we will not go thru this again.

    June 24, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't where you guys get these polls from. I'm pissed with the RepubliCAN'T Party. Democrats in Congress have done well by me. They've passed the biggest piece of legislation in a generation, passed a stimulus bill to get our economy back on track and are pushing for energy legislation. I will call Democrats the party of PROGRESS and RepubliCANT's the party of NO & OBSTRUCTION. RepubliCANT"s say they want to take their country back while Democrats want to take the country forward.

    I will be voting NO for the Party Of NO in NOvember

    June 24, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Peter E

    And yet, in the primaries 90% of incumbents running for re-election have won (new candidates have won high-profile races mostly in districts with empty seats), and come November 90% of incumbents running for re-election will be re-elected.

    June 24, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. June in Chicago

    I think people are just fed up with politicians as a whole. What I don't understand is those that are blaming the Democrats when they have only had power for 1-1/2 years. Do you think it took only 1-1/2 years to create the problems we're facing? Not to mention the stuff (oil spill) that has happened since the election. We, as a country, are too quick to point fingers in blame and not quick enough (or willing enough) to put those same fingers to good use to try and mend some of the problems this Country is facing.

    Washington – and this is for the Senate and Congress folks – PLEASE stop playing with our lives!! If you get voted out of office, you have a resume' that will ensure you can get a decent job afterwards. Those millions of Americans who've lost their jobs because of stupid actions in Washington do not have that same luxury. We are out here working and trying to live out lives as simply and pain free as possible. It just seems to me that instead of playing politics, we need to play together and do what is right for this Country and the great people who live here. President Obama was voted in because he had some pretty good ideas. You people in Washington have done nothing but bicker about every idea that has been put on the table by him. We've seen what the old ways brought us, let's try something new.

    I believe term limits for all politicians should be added to our Constitution. That way, we will only get the ones in there that actually want to make a difference – not a career.

    June 24, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Mad as Hell

    Dem or Repub, I dont care who it is, I just want the current incumbants voted out, most of them are slimmy crooks and they must go.

    June 24, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Amazed!!

    GREAT!! If the oil spill continues until September, Palin keeps shoving her foot in her mouth until September, Joe Barton keeps apologizing to BP until September, and imbeciles like Angle keep being wack jobs until September, 58% of VOTING Americans will hate the Republican Party and the GOP will have single handedly ensured their own flush down the toilet!!! Great job Repubs!! Go Dem's!!

    June 24, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. NC

    I'm Independent, was a Republican, was a Democrat. I blame the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats.

    June 24, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    The GObP is full of folks just rootin' for big oil, big insurance, big banks - big bucks for their big pockets. All incoming to their campaign financing of course.

    June 24, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Nope angry at democrats who took control in 2007 and done nothing. Yep don't like the RINO's either.

    June 24, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Enoch

    It may be different in the northeast but I travel throughout the southern part of the country and there is open hostility toward Obama and friends. I applaud your optomism but I think the midterms are going to be ugly for the Democrats.

    June 24, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Lori

    So as Republicans would like us to believe that Americans now overwhelming support their leadership and their party, this poll simply reaffirms what I've been saying all along...The only reason why some Dems will lose seats is because the Republicans are more willing to go out and vote in 2010 and Dems are not! NOT that Americans support the Republican agenda. We still know the truth. It's the Republicans fault why we're in this mess... not the Dems or Obama!

    Thank you for validating the obvious. Just if we could get this through to Republicans.

    June 24, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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