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. Darth Vadik, CA

    Even if Republicans win both majorities, they will be a disaster. Not because they are crazy, that is a given, but they have no ideas what-so-ever. Their whole idea is bring everything to a halt and waste time trying to do investigations on what??? While people are without work and pissed off.

    A cornered dog is most dangerous they say, and the last fury of a dying breath can extend a life for a while, but it is the last breath for the Republican party. After this you are done. Your scared baby boom generation is fading away, and you have no new blood.

    Where are are you going to go from here? Back to the racist 1950's? You tell me if you can? LOL

    A big joke on the American people...pathetic and sad...

    September 1, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. doug

    Obama is a Democrat, a being incapable of humility and the ability to admit a mistake.

    If Obama were a decent human being like every Reublican in America, he would have admitted he was wrong to be against the surge and that his wishing it would fail along with every other Democrat in America was anti-American and a hate and partisanship that he is greatful for being only a component of his ideology and its hate-filled liar drones, and no other American.

    BTW, his grandfather who faught in WWII, he was the one who was married to his, as Obama states in his book, "typical white grandmother"?

    September 1, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. JOhn

    Having thier own network certainly helps them win the hearts and minds of the ignorant.

    Polls show that polls show whatever you want them to.

    September 1, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    Polls are great to sway the average dumb american and the news media have many polls to say what they want, they will think "geez, i dont want to be in the loosing team. I dont know much about politics but if the news say people think one way then i better think the same" Sorry your stupid polls wont work on me.

    September 1, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. dlbartz1978@yahoocom

    I'll be taking the day off when the Witch is forced to handover the gavel from her botox hands. The liberal agenda has once again proven to NOT be what the American people want just as it wasn't what the American people wanted during Carter. This is what happens when the MAJORITY of Americans are not listened to. Now, let's see if Obama will use his large ears to listen to the American people now.

    There will certainly be gridlock in Washington and my question is: Is that a bad thing? Hell no.

    September 1, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Dean

    despite Democratic efforts to paint the recession's onset as the fault of congressional Republicans and former President George W. Bush...........................Sorry but it was Clinton who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act which opened the way for financial institutions to be either bailed out or fail. And it was Clinton and the Dems who wanted every person to own a house whether they could afford to pay for it or not which caused the housing crisis.

    Bush may have spent a fortune on wars but it was the policy of Clinton and the Dems that led to the financial meltdown. And for you non-believers, do a little research for a change.

    September 1, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Michael

    This poll is sad proof of the effectiveness of dirty Big Lie politics in a context of a largely complacent and ignorant population.

    September 1, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Grundoon

    Poll are unreliable. Since they don't poll on cell phones these results are meaningless.

    September 1, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. The Unsub

    simple explanation to this poll: if u were not polled then throw it out!

    September 1, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Greg

    Once again the Dems allow the vocal Republican party to dictate the debate with slogans and zero content. When will they learn that they have to speak up and be heard everywhere. The success of the republican party in brainwashing those they never serve is appalling

    September 1, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Eva from Tampa

    What a short memory this country has.....very scary indeed. President Obama has kept his promise on every campaign issue.The Republicans have done a masterful communication job in demonizing this man and play on scare tactics-BUT I firmly believe in Harry Truman's famous (and true) statement–Republican Party is a do nothing party. I have confidence the American people with see this prior to the election.

    September 1, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Dis-gusted

    Polls, smolls...........if you are polling Republicans, naturally it will show the Democrats are "in trouble." The sorry economy WAS
    caused by Bush and all those who rubber-stamped his policies. It cannot be denied that these problems were sitting in a neat stack on Obama's desk when he entered the oval office. The Republicans chide Obama with "yeah, yeah, blame it all on Bush".......well, they believe Bush should be "credited" with the "success" in Iraq. Why shouldn't he be "credited" with all the actions he took on everything else. That's reasonable.

    September 1, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. rwdragon86

    I can't wait to see the look on Pelosi's face as she has to relinquish the gavel. I hope someone has hand sanitizer.

    September 1, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Baby Boomer

    I hope Democrats don't buy into the "Self Fulfilling Prophecy" of believing these stupid polls by staying away from the polls in November. What a tragedy that would be. To allow the same people who created this mess to create an even bigger mess would simple be the most ignorant thing anyone with a brain could do.

    I understand being frustrated but given the time it took to screw things up, it simply stands to reason that fixing all that is broken will not happen in a short amount of time. We need to keep moving forward vs. looking back. Last time I looked back, things did look all that great. I for one don't miss the "Good Ole Days". Maybe because they were only good for a select group of people...

    September 1, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Unbelievable...

    We Americans can be so short-sighted...

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    September 1, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Baby Boomer

    Correction. Didn't look so good...

    September 1, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. j

    Repub or Demo, we didn`t get here overnight or even in a couple of years. Come on folks -– anyone with a shread of intelligence has to know you just don`t " flip a switch" and everything goes back to the way it once was !! Ron Paul`s analogy on our economy describes it best when compares it to an aircraft carrier. You can`t just turn it around on a dime. Sadly, most people are too busy trying to survive to really "think" about what the politicians are saying. They just want to to be elected/re-elected.

    September 1, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. AmFem

    Are Americans really that dumb, that they would vote for the same people that caused the catastrophe that we are now enduring? The ones that have absolutely no new ideas for improving our (the middle class') situation? The ones whose entire platform is complaining about the Democrats? Do we really expect our President to turn things around so quickly?

    We are in an abyss, and we are slowly but surely climbing out. Give it some time. The middle class will be destroyed under Republican control!

    September 1, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Louisiana Man

    How quick the electorate forgets!!

    Idiot bush and co relegated this country to its knees-

    Declared war on a sovereign country that killed thousands of our kids, enriched cheesy's personal coffers and borrowed from our good friends, the Chinese, to pay for stupid, useless war-

    Endowed his wealthy buddies and pals with a most lush tax break for ten years-
    which of course they want to continue to the detriment of the other 98% of the country.

    All of the above expenditures resulting in bloating our deficit from a surplus to gazillions in the red that our great-grand will have to foot the bill for.

    What is the definition of stupidity and morons??

    September 1, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. MAhole

    Well they sure didn't call me or anyone I know..........

    Come on America – you can't want to hand the keys to the car back to the crazy fools who got us into this mess in the first place...........

    No one has a magic wand – it will take years to undo the damage that has been done. But given time, we will ALL come out of this better off than before we went in – as long as we don't "dumb down" to what the party of "NO" says we must.

    September 1, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Tinkers Dam

    Great! It's about time the country got some Good news.

    September 1, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. seebofubar

    Most intelligent people realize that this economy is not the fault of GW Bush, but of the democratic controlled congress that he was saddled with along the dynamic duo of Dod and Franks. Only democrats are stupid enought not to see that. America will never again be controlled by left wing morons!

    September 1, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Scott O' Canada

    It's most unfortunate that the Dems are losing the propaganda battle against the Repubs. The biggest fear right now, probably worldwide, is that if the Repubs once again gain control, it will be a giant step backwards for the economy, the environment, for healthcare, for foreign affairs (the list goes on). It's almost unconscionable that a party that has no agenda, is offering no concrete solutions and no sustainable ideas would even considered to be a viable option. It's like watching a race to see who gets to the top of the loser pole by November.

    September 1, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Patrish

    "Dwight Eisenhower was last Republican President to preside over a balanced budget. LBJ in 1969 and Clinton in 1998 through 2001 presided over balance budget. During the last 40 years there have been five budget surpluses, all five were under Democratic Presidents: 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001." from So folks go ahead and an elected a Rebpulican President and see where it gets you!!

    September 1, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. maine liberal

    Its time for the democrats to get a SPINE.
    lose as democrats not as republican light.

    the one poll to accept is the generic ballot rep v dem..
    we already have the dems and what has been done but people accept the republicans we have no clue vote for us

    September 1, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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