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. skylark

    A poll of 1000 people? Please!
    I wont say what should happen to this pole.er poll.

    September 1, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. GL

    I would like to see what age group these polling are coming from which will give us a better picture. We all know in 2008, they did not poll the young voters and they were off about who was going to be our next President and the people need to rember this fact before they put any faith in these polls. Young people don't get polled so these polls are not all that correct, but we will just have to seen in Nov.

    September 1, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Dee

    I would like to know how many Republicans are called for these polls. I would NEVER vote for another Republican. Things are still not the greatest but, It was the Republican Party that put me out of my job of 30 years. It was the Republicans that I lost money on my 401K.

    How great was the Medicare Prescription Plan the Republicans voted for, look what this War has cost our country, look at the stimulus package that they passed through (which has never been talked about) remember McCain running back to Washington DC to save the country. What did the Republicans do for Immigration? What did the Republicans do for Health Care? Oh forgot about the great tax breaks the rich got and TARP. How can you think that the Republicans are going to do a great job. THEY DIDN'T DO A GREAT JOB WHILE THEY WERE IN FOR 7 YEARS.

    September 1, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Beverly - NYC

    I would love to know where these polls are conducted, in states with one democrat? I cannot believe that 55% of the1,021 people "polled" truly believe Republicans are tougher on terrorism. One could argue that their actions and rhetoric has caused more terrorism against the US and her soldiers. The folk who spent us into massive debt are better on spending and the economy REALLY? Di d I miss something, how many jobs haveRepublican NO votes created. Someone obviously did not understand what was being asked.

    September 1, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. phoenix86

    Wait a minute.

    Democrats filed suit against Arizona because Arizona wanted to enforce Federal Immigration law, then filed a suit against them with the UN.

    Democrats support voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers.

    Democrats spent more on the stimulus package than the Iraq war, and successfully led unemployment to new highs.

    Democrats voted to nationalize the health care system in the US, depriving the elderly of needed medical care.

    Why would anyone vote against the democrats?

    September 1, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. JPX

    God, people are so dumb. We have 8 years of evidence that then the Republicans are in charge things go to hell. Sigh.

    September 1, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Jack

    Again, the problem with polls is that they don't release the relative numbers of party members taking the poll. And you can phrase the answers to make them say whatever you want. Most polls are skewed a certain way to acheive a certain answer. Ask yourself this, how many democrats, republicans, and independents did they use. That number changes the poll easily.

    September 1, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Laverne

    Americans deserve whatever we get by begging to go back to the failed policies of the past 10 years. It amazes me how the republicans got 10 years to screw up this country and the dems get less than 2 years to fix it. Talk about a nation of ignoramuses, go figure!

    September 1, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Riley

    The dems are lucky their poll numbers aren't worse. They've really screwed up this nation in such a short period of time.

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid, NO MORE!!!

    September 1, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. vegasb

    Be very careful what you wish for!

    September 1, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Kate

    What are Americans thinking? I guess this shows they're not!

    September 1, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. fatnat

    oh well thats what happens when you dont listen to the majority of the people

    September 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Fan of Common Sense

    HOT DOG! Things are looking up. I hope its a REPUBLICAN TIDAL WAVE this November.

    September 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. pat

    I guess this poll reflects everyone's confidence in all the specific plans the Republicans have for restoring our economy. Like zero; zilch; nada. All they can talk about is how bad the president and Congress is doing. What is it they are going to do if they take control? They're going to take the U.S. backward instead of forward; screw around with the Constitution; and give us more of the Bush administration's philosophy, which is take care of the wealthy and forget the middle class.

    September 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. 87coog

    YES, YES AND YES and this is coming from a man who voted for Obama; the republicans will take back the house and this country needs that. the dem's are a huge dissapointment, redistribution of wealth is their hidden agenda.

    September 1, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. capnmike

    Ah, how short the public memory is....these sheep forget that it was their precious Repiglicans who got us into 2 wars with their lies, who allowed their Wall Street buddies to ruin our economy...et and cetera...

    September 1, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Nancy

    Unbelievable how anyone would want more of the 'do-nothing', 'just-say-no' crowd in Washington!

    September 1, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Homer

    The liberals blame game including obama has run its course and the American people no longer are buying into the lie. obama and the liberal congress just this year alone has spent more money on TARP, the stimulus and jobs packages that also do not work than the entire cost of the 07 year Iraq war. This cannot be blamed on President Bush and more and more people are waking up to that fact.

    September 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. steve, ND

    Republicans better than Democrats to handle economy? mmmmm...... How easy it is to forget. I rest my case. To be honest, americans think the repubs will be better to handle terrorism yet it was during their reign that we were attacked. Really? I mean really??? I've never understood the reasoning here. Please, please, put them back into office and we'll see who is to blame. Don't blame an incompetent employee when you hire him/her know quite well that he/she is incompetent. Lest we forget George Bush. am speechless

    September 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Gwen

    God help us all if the republicans get control of Congress – it will be more for the rich and damn rest of us!! I can't believe what short memories Americans have – once again the dumbing down of America!!

    September 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. stevegee

    How much more "Change" can we afford?

    Vote Republican.

    September 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    This is what happens when a political party ventures into tyranny, imposing laws on a people a majority of whom are opposed to those laws.

    And, by the way, why is Nancy holding a croquet mallet? 🙂

    September 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Terry from Butte, MT

    Hey Dems, are you awake yet?

    If the dems keep crying in their soup instead of fighting back then they will be crushed in November. Where is Obama? Where is Bill Clinton? Where is the leadership? *crickets* They should be out there hitting the campaign trail.

    What is at stake is a Republican take over of the one or both houses of congress. The end result will be the Republicans sending more bad, rich favored, polluter favored legislation to Obama's desk which he will sign in a show of unity to bipartisanship.

    A vote for a republican is a step back towards the Bush years and even worse economic policies like, cutting off unemployment benefits, extending Bush tax cuts, privatizing Social Security, and cutting Medicare/Medicaid.

    It is extremely important to Get Out The Vote this year.

    2 months left Dems, what is your move? sit and cry or fight back?

    September 1, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Eric

    "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."

    Uh, I call "bullsh!t." Rasmussen has had repeal of Obamacare between 56% and 63% since it was passed.

    Good luck running on Obamacare, hippies. Tell me how that works out for you.

    It's "game over" for liberalism for a generation. It's morning in America again.

    Unfortunately, we'll have to have this discussion again in 30 years, when the next batch of self-important all-knowning neo-communists seek to shackle us with the chains of failed statism.

    2010 will be a rout for the history books.

    September 1, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. mother and sister of soldiers

    Anyone with any intelligence or understandiong of business and the economy understands the importance of making Obama a lame duck president. A community organizer or even his lack of a prior voting record does not make him qualified to be leader of this country. Never has a country been more divided, never has a president played the blame game as he has, never has a president publically attacked supreme court justices or those who disagree with him and never has a government given such power to allow the Mexican president to address congress with a venon laced speech. Obama and the dems are out of control in their quest for control of the population.

    September 1, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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