July 30th, 2010
01:13 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN Poll: How public views political parties


 A new CNN poll explores how Americans view political parties. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - With just over three months until November's midterm elections, a new national poll gives a picture of how Americans view the two political parties battling for control of Congress.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday, Democrats hold a 46 to 39 percent advantage over the Republican party on the question of which party cares more about the needs of people like you, with the Democrats and the GOP tied on which party can bring the kind of change the country needs.

But the poll indicates that the Republicans have a small to significant edge on several other measures.

The GOP is slightly ahead when it comes to which party agrees with you on the issues (a two point advantage) and on which party can improve the economy (a three point advantage). The Republicans hold an eight point margin over the Democrats on which party shares your view of the government and which party can effectively manage the government.

Full results (pdf)

According to the survey, the GOP is 14 points ahead of the Democrats on which party can protect the country from terrorism and which party is patriotic.

The survey also indicates that six in ten Americans say the government is now doing too much, and a majority say that the government should promote traditional values.

"These results illustrate the reasons why the Democrats are now behind on the so-called 'generic ballot' question," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The Democrats manage no better than a virtual tie on issues, but they are behind when it comes to handling the government. And when the presidency is not at stake, the congressional elections are the only way that voters can do something about the direction the government will take."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 16-21, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: CNN Polls • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm sorry, in what NATION did they conduct this poll again???!

    July 30, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Grundoon

    Then you can reasonably predict the GOP is going to loose WAY big this fall. I myself predict EPIC FAIL! Until they can start polling people on cell phones they are missing huge demographic information and are prople talking only to the >50 crowd which tends to be more conservative. I know very few people with land lines anymore.

    July 30, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The critical result is "The survey also indicates that six in ten Americans say the government is now doing too much..."

    By a twenty point margin, people have finally figured out that the country can't afford the Democrats' Nanny State and are tired of being treated like thick-witted children by the legions of Nannycrats in Washington.

    July 30, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. malabar

    alger hiss, jeremiah wright, jeneane barfafalo, charlie rangel, john kerry, john edwards, bill lewinsky, alan grayson, keith olbermann, alvin greene, babs boxer, lindsy lohan, bill ayers, sean penn, sandra 'rape palin by black bruthas' bernhard, robert kkkyrd. . . and the GOP is ONLY 14 pts ahead on the patriotic ? ! hahahahaha!

    July 30, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    Right we see how the repos care. You can take that to the bank. OH I forgot most of us don't have money to take. Gee wonder why not. The rich repos do. Vote democratic in November

    July 30, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Dale

    Make note,
    Most of these people in the democratic party are not democrats, they are liberals.
    Real traditional democrats should separate themselves from the damaging liberal party

    July 30, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. seebofubar

    Just look at these results. If raceism is defined as bias twards or against a person or idea just because of their race, then blacks are the most racist group in America.

    July 30, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Simon/Orlando

    Democrat congressmen better start packing their bags. November is going to be a political disaster for them.

    July 30, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    I am more annoyed at the media than anything else. They make little insignificant morons into stars (this includes hollywood and half term politicians).
    Most politicians (mostly the party of NO )don't listen to their contituents and the constant bombardment of these idiots in the news is appalling.
    Do we have anyone in this country worth writing and reading about?
    Aren't the rethugs the people who put us into this mess we are in that the President is trying to fix?
    Americans have the attention span of a mosquito!! 🙁

    July 30, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    If Charlie Crist wins in Florida, it will give fresh impetus to an ever attractive Indepent Party.

    July 30, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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