September 1st, 2010
10:36 AM ET
12 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. John

    We can all thank GOD that the dems and libs will be OUTTA THERE come november THEN in 2012..obamanator out on his ear!

    September 1, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. JES

    The DEM's put this country in the mess we are in now they have cntrolled both houses.

    Vote the free spending bums out.

    September 1, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Brice

    Guarantee!!! Obama will right that Republican will cause America crashed if Republicans control both houses and get Obama out in 2012. Good luck to fool americans. Do not let Republicans fool you.

    September 1, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. CHUCK

    Let's just wait to see what happens on Election Day. There are millions of voters, polling thousands does not effect the millions that remain. I for one cannot vote Republican, they are hell bent on causing the president to fail and do not deserve my vote. Why not send me to the Senate, Congress, or the House. I can just vote no and collect a paycheck and primo medical benefits without ever doing anything to help the American people. Is it possible that the Democrats are wrong on everything they try to do? What solutions can the GOP offer? I have not heard much from them in the way of solutions to our everyday problems. Maybe I am wrong, but I hear the GOP screaming in the media about how bad President Obama is doing right now. But what improvements are the GOP fighting for besides tax cuts? Do they have any new ideas to offer? Many questions, no answers, vintage GOP.

    September 1, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. NVa Native

    Through the Republicans pushing fear, intolerance, and prejudice the terrorists of 911 get what they want – a fearful and divided US attacking each other and the other people of the world. And the public follows along with the right wing/fox propoganda. Sad times.

    September 1, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. GL

    Though claiming estrangement from the Republican Party since the age of 15, McCain has advice for the 2010 election: "The bedrock of the Republican Party is freedom of the individual … Not hatred … A hyper-conservative candidate has no chance of winning against President Obama … the Republican party has to start being open to new people, new blood, and new ideas.

    She said it all not me. I am just the analys that happen to agree with her and I am not a Republican. Once again the young voters are not going to vote Republicans if the party continues to move more and more to the right. They may win in short term this Nov. but in 2012 they are going to lose big time. SO the hell with your pollings they are not correct!

    September 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Here we go again.

    Apparently this poll was conducted among nursing home residents living with Alzheimer's disease. Amazing. Why do people vote AGAINST their own interests? Perhaps the "bandwagon" theory also applies here too. Hey, I too am for "checks and balances" in the branches of Government, but after the repubs destoryed the country with their wars and economic policies for the rich it should not apply this year! Well, if this poll is correct, than get ready for 2 years of nothing moving forward to progress this country and subpeona after subpeona after subpeona with the goal of impeaching the President. Can you say "see the Clinton years" after the mid-terms. Oh yea. The GOP sures loves America....indeed.

    September 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Robert

    Americans were never accused of being the sharpest knives in the drawer, have they? Republicans showed what they can do when they had total control of D.C. for 6 years and then were in control of both the White House and Senate for another two years. They didn't fix things. They didn't control spending. They didn't do any of the things they claim they will do. If they gain the majority, we will have the economy slip further, fewer jobs, just as much spending, and then we will have to have another election to fire all of them and put Dems back into power again. Dems aren't doing a great job, but at least they are trying to get things done. The House has passed over a hundred progressive bills to improve life in america only to have them blocked in the Senate, not even coming up for a vote. Who in their right minds would want Republicans in power after proving to be inept when in power and useless when needed to work together with their opposition? They are pathetic.

    September 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. LouAz

    A 1,021 person telephone survey just can not be statistically relevant from a pool of 100,000,000 + voters. This is "making news". You might as well save the money and just ask the twenty or so people you see on the way to work something and call that result World Opinion.
    This is just nonsense journalism. DO SOME WORK !

    September 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Pat Atchison

    The Republicans endorsed the Bush agenda which gave us a war in Iraq and afghanistan, trashed our economy, said NO to every effort of the Obama administration to try to get us out of these messes, and we should put them back in power to make it worse? What are people thinking?

    September 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Poll Schmoll

    And??? The polls before the last election had the GObP either even or ahead of the Dems and look what happened!!!
    These mean nothing because of who they sample and where.

    The Party of NO had better get their resumes ready. It will be a tough job market to find alternative employment in November, since they have been the ones standing in the way of any growth!

    September 1, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. rkm63

    The dems have been controlling the purse strings in congress since Jan. 2007 and it was their policy of free homes for everyone that caused the financial crisis. Thank God the American people are waking up!

    September 1, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Tom in Wheaton

    The vast (but shrinking) middle class still largely like to pretend they are among the upper crust that benefit from the Republican's "help the rich" policies. Will they ever wake up and realize that they should (mostly) be Democrats?

    September 1, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Good Lord!

    Have people lost their minds?

    September 1, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Lisa P

    The must have surveyed only the people who still have land lines or their grandkids living in the basement.

    September 1, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Shiranee Dassanayake

    This-without showing or doing anything but attack and say no??

    Americans are stupid and this is proof!!!

    September 1, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Ohla

    My question is that the GOP ranks ahead in ONLY 7 of 9 categories?

    What were the other two categories?

    "Which party is better at walking around the Capitol with a giant gavel celebrating a devestating piece of legislation that no one understands much less wants?" (see picture above).

    September 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. silly little democrats

    ...they make a good underdog...but they just can't govern worth a damn...of course that's how it goes when they just think spending money will fix their problems...much like the rest of Americans...when will you people ever learn?

    September 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. fronco

    The dems are tired in the house and senate, once the repubs are in there will be more jobs jobs and jobs,working for the rich at 3 dollars an hour and making the rich richer. this is what the American people want, thats what there going to get if you vote will be a teachable lesson.

    September 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Brad, Ohio

    It'd be nice to see the guidelines for these polls. Statistics aren't going to match if you poll 1000 people in Arizona (R) and compare it to a poll of (1000) from Washington D.C. (D). These polls are just a waste of time.

    September 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Robert

    I'm as anti-Republican as it gets, but I'd still rather have actual Republicans take control in Congress than these crazy Tea-Party nuts that are winning the Republican primaries. Dont' vote for people who want to kill Medicare, Social Security, and the Dept of Education or who want rape victims to be forced to carry their rapist's baby or anyone who regrets that the Civil Rights Act forced businesses to stop discriminating against african-americans! We need america to move forward, not bass-ackwards.

    September 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Julnor

    Of course they're getting outpolled. When you expand federal control over so many things, people don't like it. Most folks realize that it's not the govt's job to take care of you.

    September 1, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. BlackBarbie

    Take your polls and shove them, I've been voting for nearly 30 years and have never been polled, neither has anyone that I know, they must be polling the same people over and over,no brainwashing here
    we will see what happens in Nov. can't wait. Immigrants aren't going to support repugs, if their family members are affected by teir opposition,count that in your poll.

    September 1, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Not surprised

    Polls.....I won't be giving any Republican the nod.....They don't deserve it...

    September 1, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Kyle

    This poll isn't surprising..... Finding it on C N N is surprising, but knowing the demoncrats are failing at everything isn't a shock.

    September 1, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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