September 1st, 2010
10:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Dems get more bad news in Gallup poll

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(CNN) – It's the latest sign congressional Democrats could be in for a rough round of midterms.

A new Gallup/USA Today survey out Wednesday finds Americans think Republicans in Congress will do a better job than Democrats in handling seven out of nine key issues.

The biggest divide is on the issue of terrorism, where Republicans get the edge by a wide 55-31 percent margin. Republicans also win big on immigration (50-35 percent), federal spending (50-35 percent), and even the economy (49-38 percent) - despite Democratic efforts to paint the recession's onset as the fault of congressional Republicans and former President George W. Bush.

Republicans also win on the issue of Afghanistan (45-38 percent), jobs (46-41 percent), and even corruption in government (38-35 percent) - a problem that has plagued both parties over the past two years.

Democrats may find a small glimmer of hope in health care where Americans are essentially split on which party is best equipped to tackle that issue. But health care has historically been a Democratic strong point (a year ago the party enjoyed an 11-point advantage on the issue) and the fact that neither party can now claim a clear stake on the subject may actually prove to be more good news for the GOP.

The only issue Democrats still reign supreme is on that the environment, where the party holds a clear 54-31 percent advantage. Though this may prove to have little resonance at the polls, considering a recent CNN survey showed only 1 in 4 voters mark the environment as the most important issue to their vote.

The latest Gallup survey comes two days after the organization's daily tracking survey showed Republicans 10 points ahead of Democrats in a generic matchup – numbers that marked the fifth straight week the Republicans have held an advantage on the question. The 10-point margin is also the party's largest lead ever in midterm contests in Gallup's polling history.

In average of several recent generic matchup polls shows the GOP with a single digit lead, but still virtually in the same position it was at the same time in 1994 – the year the party grabbed 54 House seats back from the Democrats, enough to win control of the chamber.

Gallup surveyed 1,021 adults by telephone from August 27-30. The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Lynn

    Please Mr. Gallup, call me. Is it necessary to pay for a pollster to call? Who do they call, certainly not middle-America.

    September 1, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. katiec

    CNN, when are you going to rename your cable station to it's more appropriate title Cnn/Fox.
    Your headlines are biased, constantly Palin, tea baggers, republicans and radicals.
    When you headline Democrats it is generally in a negative manner.
    No wonder you are going down the tubes as you hide behind news you can trust, yet constantly push your bias for the right.

    September 1, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. gt

    absolute power by the democratics have brought this country to its knees....nancy and harry are to blame for this,,, they did not want to work or listen to anybody.. now america is paying the price,,, but not for much longer,,,,,,

    September 1, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Ryan Wing

    All I can say is the American people have a short memory. The economic problems we're in were caused by 8 years of Republican control. And the voters think Republicans will do a better job on the economy? 9/11 happened under Republican control and the voters think that Republicans will do better on Terrorism? Republicans failed to do anything for 8 years on immigration, and the voters think Republicans will be better on immigration? I don't get it.

    September 1, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Padraig

    Standard rhetoric, blame Bush. I will agree he had a role in this but Obama and the Democratic houses have had control for the past 1 1/2 years. The stimilus, health care insurance reform, cash for clunkers, etc... have only helped a small minority which are their supporters and the rest of us suffer the burden. Our President has added approximately 3 trillion on our debt in this short period.

    They need to grow up and take respnosibilities for themselves and the mistakes they made. They are in denial.

    September 1, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Lets not worry about the polls. We will wait until November proves the polls to be correct and then we will sue in the 9th Appelate Court of Appeals to have the elections overturned and thus the democrats will remain in power.

    September 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. November 2010

    So how's that "Its George Bush's fault" thing working out for ya?

    September 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. GL

    The biggest divide is on the issue of terrorism, where Republicans get the edge by a wide 55-31 percent margin. Republicans also win big on immigration (50-35 percent), federal spending (50-35 percent), and even the economy (49-38 percent) – despite Democratic efforts to paint the recession's onset as the fault of congressional Republicans and former President George W. Bush.

    These polls are nothing but lies and I don't know who they are polling, but they should is not polling the young voters becasue every young voter I have spoken too will be voting this Nov for the Dems. So stuff these polls of just older people. I bet if they told you the age group of these polls they would be people over 50 that vote Republicans anyway. I just want to tell the young people do not put faith into these polls that just continue to poll the older people that vote Republicans anyway.

    September 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. LearnFromHistory

    That's because the congressional republicans did such a great job on the economy and immigration when they were in power.

    September 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Eric

    Wow, on average.. we Americans are really stupid... oh well we get what we deserve

    September 1, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Ben Ben

    So what will the polls be a few years after the republicans are in control and the rich are richer, the poor are poorer, there are no jobs, the teabaggers sons and daughters are dying in Iran and illigals are still coming across the border?

    September 1, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. DIANA

    Each day I fear more and more for this country. What are these people thinkiing?! Who was it that threw us in the ditch? Who is it that never had any ideas after '08?!

    Though I do blame the Democrats for laying over and not letting the nation know what they've done despite the Repblicans. Show the country what kind of people would be running the country if they should win.

    Even though I don't get one thing- the Democrats have more contributions than the Republicans – who took this survey?

    September 1, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Patrick Campbell

    This is the media and GOP propaganda.
    If you survey the people who are against everything ,of course
    you will get those poll results.

    September 1, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Greg

    The march toward a dead-end once reality becomes more difficult to twist...

    September 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Marge

    Boy these republicans and the corporate owned poll takers are trying like heck to get the people to stay away from the voting machines in November. WON'T WORK ......WE ARE ALL, ALL OF US GOING TO SHOW UP ANYWAY. And we are going to make sure republicans and the corporate masters of the MSM are left speechless when THE REPUBLICANS GO DOWN THE DRAIN.

    September 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. D.

    Doing better than these privileged corrupt clowns who abuse other people's money is very easy!

    September 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. obama victim

    I think there are some fine Democrats...sadly, they have let Pelosi, Reid, and Barry destroy their once great party. How sad. The country need two parties to ensure balance, but this group is so how of touch with main stream America, it will be very tough to recover.

    September 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. GL

    I hope the Republicans win and ripe this country to the ground and you stupid American people will get just what you asked for. We must have the most stupidest people in this country or these polls are just lying to give the Republicans voters excited and make the Democratic voters discourgage and not vote. I am sick of these polls and I have never seen so many pollings after the polling until after President Obama was elected. One thing for sure the Republicans may win this battle, but they will not win the war in 2012.

    September 1, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Chris

    Dems will lose some seats, but still keep control of both the House and Senate.

    September 1, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. terry,va

    A picture is worth a 1,000 words. Just look at that band of fools. I could take a few dozen moneys and train them in a more financially responsible manner than these people.

    September 1, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Shelly

    This poll proves the dumbing of America. So the folks polled want to return to higher tax cuts for the rich, lack of priority in education, more funding for wars, more deregulation of corporations fo the executives gain massive profits and the middle class pay the price ( Remember the housing crisis) .
    If McCain/ Palin had been in power ,we would have been in a deep recession and no way out. Remember, McCain said he had little understanding of economics.
    America IS getting dumber.....thanks to Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and Bachmanns!

    September 1, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. walter

    Finally people are realizing that all the left has done is put us more in debt than we ever were, without making any inroads towards improving the economy and creating jobs. No one (except the left) believes that it would have been far worse without the the stimulus. Do I absolutely know that Republicans will change things around quickly, of course not. But after 4 years of Democrats running the House and Senate, and nearly 2 years of Obama, it's clear we have to try something else.

    September 1, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Truthhurts

    Koolaid effect wearing off in enough voters to flush the Washington toilet of Obamacrats. Maybe we can salvage the USA yet.

    September 1, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Ask Muroski or whatever, what she thinks of polls today.

    She just conceded to whats his face and polls showed her ahead a week out from the election 47-42.

    September 1, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    "Gallup surveyed 1,021 adults by telephone" tells me they contacted older voters and not the younger folks that got President Obama elected. Why? Almost all younger voters like my kids don't have land lines and these polls are not done with cell numbers.

    September 1, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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