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

Filed under: 2010 • Congress
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. ABM

    Hope the polls are DEAD WRONG come November. If the GOP takes over this country will go back into the Dark Ages. I would take Progress for the good of the citizens over the current wave of Repub-Obstruction any day.

    And if there is a Repub take over I do not want to hear any whining when the economy tanks again.

    Get out and vote!

    September 1, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. TM in CO

    Both parties are to blame. A good percentage of Dems go Bush the go ahead to bomb Iraq. Republicans and Democrats make up Congree and the Senate. We need to downsize the Federal government and give the power back to the people. Your decisions have brought us to this point and you all have to much power and are way to big for your pants. Why don't you all quit following party lines and start following the will of the American people?

    September 1, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Vote for the Conservatives!!!!

    Hope and Change. I HOPE that Republicans can take back the congress to CHANGE the policies that the Obama administration and congressional democrats have put in place.

    Now that's HOPE and CHANGE!!!!

    September 1, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Vote for the Conservatives!!!!

    Vote for conservative Republicans.

    September 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Meg from Iowa

    Americans are SO fickle! These polls will be completely opposite when Republicans are in power again. It is so predictable. No wonder we never get anything accomplished in this country!

    September 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    Wow! We do have short memories. We have apparently forgotten that Republicans screwed things up, which is why they were voted out of office. Since then, they have neither acknowledged past sins nor offered any ideas on how to fix them. So what do we do, go back to the good old days we enjoyed under Bush and his accomplices?

    September 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. bob

    We keep telling you but you just don't understand. The only polls that are accurate are the ones that show positive results for Democrats.

    September 1, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Alicia

    Vote all of them OUT!!!

    We need people who are truly interested in representing the America's citizens and this country!

    We need term limits, smaller goverment and a stop to all this spending of money we do not have!

    September 1, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    First liberal to say "I didn't get polled" gets a sugar cookie.

    First liberal to include "cell phone" gets a peanut butter cookie.

    I'll bet they both go to the same liberal.

    September 1, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. KLS

    Wake up Americans our nation is in this current mess because of the 12 years the Republican controlled Congress and the 8 years Bush was our President. Do we really want to go back down that dark path? Short-term memories are a very bad thing when it comes to politics.

    If we had never gone head first into Iraq but stayed the course and finished the job in Afghanistan our economy would be in better shape. If we were asked to tighten our belts instead of being told to go out and shop while our brave men and women were fighting in two wars maybe our financial industry wouldn’t have collapsed.

    Please, please take a long hard look at our last decade before going to the polls to vote.

    September 1, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Terry

    This is great news for America.

    September 1, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. geecee

    Where was this "poll" taken – at Glenn Beck's Rally in D.C. on Saturday? Just how will the Republicants combat terrorism any better than the Democratic Congress has. Exactly what do those people who were polled suggest the Republicants will do better? Go to War with every Country where Al Queda is operating and pre-emptively start a conflict in those countries? That's the Republicants policy, for sure. What do they actually suggest be done to strengthen national security? And no doubt the McCain/Palin team would have done so much better with our economy and international relations? Yeah, uh-huh. Okay. So, vote all Democrat incumbents out and put in the tea-bag party novices and see how much better off this Country will be. Great, just great.

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

    The dems need to replace their libs with moderates. Get these idiots out of congress.

    September 1, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Rush Goebbels

    I like how the media,just like good fight promoters, always want it to seem close to sell more tickets.Thats why they have polls,to manipulate the jello brains and easily led.Handing back the keys to your drunken teen makes sense too,hahaha

    September 1, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Bill

    We the people are not stupid, and we are tired of being told that blue is green.

    September 1, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Dustin

    So the party that was on watch for the single most devastating terrorist attack in our nation's history is better equiped to handle terrorism? WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!?!?!?!

    September 1, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Brandon

    Wow, this is mind-blowing. The level of fickle foolishness in this country is absurd. If the survey results are to be believed, I have zero confidence in the future of this nation. The fact that Republicans are have an edge on Terrorism and Federal Spending is sadly hilarious. If spending $1 trillion in totally unpaid for federal dollars on a hunt for imaginary Iraqi WMDs is what you want to see your money spent on, please leave immediately.

    September 1, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Angry Googler

    So Bush was in power for eight years, and immigration went up more than under Clinton, the Afghan war was being lost and there had to be a troop surge, not to mention Bush landed the country in the mess with the economy and despite all this 8 years of evidence that the GOP clearly fail on the economy, the Afghan war, the immigration, corruption in government, for example, Libby scandal, the votes in Florida in 2000, the GOP win? How can this be?

    September 1, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Brennan

    It doesn't matter what congress does if the Senate just sits by idly. How many bills were passed by the house that are now just sitting, waiting for the Senate to discuss? Somewhere around 300? But no the Senate has to worry about Steroids in baseball.

    September 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Gale

    Duh? Ya think? They are so wrapped up in their own agenda they can't see the forest for the trees. Arrogance, conceit, and greed is the the new creed of the Democratic Party!

    September 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Willa-PA

    How can people vote against themselves and vote for someone like Miller and Angle and the other ultra rightwingers who will take away their benefits. I wonder how many people collect SS checks, unemployment checks, disability checks etc. etc. , do they research at all or are just lemmings and do what they are told. Yes, the economy is bad but it has to have time to recouperate after 8 years of war and rampant spending by the republicans and no oversight. You can't just blame it on the new guy in office who doing his best to get things turned around. Most of the deficit is from the Bush years. People are just to impatient and will vote to their detriment.

    September 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. O H I O

    Looking forward to November!!!!!!!! Yea!!!!!

    September 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Spartacus

    What do expect? I mean, "Pelosi" ??? Seriously.

    September 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Ronaldo

    I blame Bush for the Dems bad numbers. Right now GW looks like Abe Lincoln compared to Obama and co. People are eager to return to the Bush recession as the Dems called it back in 2006. Remember that? 5.7% unemployment and 150billion in debt as opposed to Obama's 9.5% and 1.5 Trillion.

    September 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. MEW

    I'm a little confused if this is CNN or Faux News – "..Democratic efforts to paint the recession's onset as the fault of congressional Republicans and former President George W. Bush."! Are you the PR firm for the Republican party? No one denies that the recession was the fault of the Repubs! It happened when they controlled the government! No one in their right mind disputes this fact, but I guess the "big lie" has taken hold on CNN as well as the Republicans and those in this country with either too short of a memory or too low an I.Q. to even vote!

    September 1, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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