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. sally

    Incredible! Americans must be brain dead! After Bush and his conservatives ran this country into the ditch, this is unbelievable. What chumps!!! Sure, let's be sure to let the foxes back into the hen house.

    September 1, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Bob

    Let me see (and I voted for Obama) He wants amnesty Americans do not, NO E-Verify Americans want it, No border security Americans want it, No tax of those that out source Americans want it, No tax on China, Americans want it, etc etc etc. And they wonder WHY! P.S. Both parties are the same so throw them BOTH out. Press 8 for English.

    September 1, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Scott in Atlanta

    The would do better if they didn't cowar every time courage to stand WITH the president was called for. Instead they just shrank back and allowed themselves to be define by their opponents. While trying to straddle the fence, they made themselve appear weak, and unable to govern. With solid majorities in both houses, every democrat thought it was "Their time" to push self-serving agendas instead of present a united front in solidarity of the greater issues.

    As a staunch Obama supporter, I'm not surprised the congressional Democrats find themselves in this situation. Even after Nov. 2010, President Obama will still be there. Thank God!

    September 1, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. honest abe

    more lies..... just like McCain was running even with Obama in the presidential election!!! the media always wants to create a story.

    September 1, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. constitutional conservative

    Great news, but don't let it lull you conservatives into complacency. We need to turn out in unprecdented number in November to votes these big government junkies and Marxists out of office. Obama and our current Congress is not the change that American needs or wants.

    September 1, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Service

    America has finally woken up, and as evident by events in DC this past weekend, Americans have had it with the lies, accusations, arrogance, unwillingness to take ownership, and lack of leadership as displayed by the continuous blaming of the previous administration because results show the Demoocrats haven't stepped up. Instead, liberals and Democrats have stepped all over the liberties of American citizens, and the country is sick and tired of it.

    September 1, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Former Republican, but never again!

    President Obama has to stop the rope-a-dope strategy and needs to start attacking the Republicans. He's letting them control the message and he doesn't fight back.

    September 1, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Clwyd

    How short of memories we must all have to have forgotten the mess that we got into with our economy, wars and spending during the 8 years of bush. I, as an independent, can't and won't forgive or forget the republicans and the bushwhacker!

    September 1, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Adalbert

    It is inconceivable as to why any working class American in their right mind would want to vote for the republicans?
    Republicans never done anything to help the working class and they never will. They are in the pockets of the corporations and other special interests with huge resources. Money and power is all that the new GOP is interested in.

    September 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'll be happy to see Republicans back in power because no one is asking them what their solutions are for the economy, education, healthcare and many other issues. Because they aren't being asked, then they can repeat the same which means Americans will get more of the same, nothing.

    September 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Hud

    Of course they got crushed. NEITHER side gives a rat's behind about the American people... NObama and his boyz have just taken this to the next level – doing a little better job of hiding the money they are stealing or syphoning off to their "friends"!

    September 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Folks, do you really want to go back to the tried-and-failed policies of Reaganomics and the GW Bush presidency?

    Do you really want to live in fear, divided from your neighbor, tricked into voting against your own best interest?

    Do you really want to continue the Middle Class disappear and our country turned into a Third World nation where all the wealth is controlled by a few families (the Koch brothers come to mind)?

    Lastly, do you really think the Republicans care about you any longer than it takes to scare you into voting for them?

    Do yourself a favor – turn off Fox, do a little research, and then vote Democratic this November.

    September 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. If you want something ruined let a democratic community organizer run it

    Pelosi is ridiculous. Obumbum is out to lunch, or vacation, which ever comes first and Biden is the entertainment. Reid is the straight man for this circus.

    September 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Rickster

    Obama, Pelosi and Reid are the best things that ever happened to conservatives. Democrats have been in power in congress since 2007(which, coincidentally is when the downturn began), and they have had total power in the the house, senate and the white house since january of 2009. The country has finally seen democrat policies in action and the results have been disastrous. It's time for real conservatives(not Bush republicans) to take over and set the country on the correct course.

    September 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. chris

    Why are the two guys on the left holding hands?

    September 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Jimbo (the real one)

    Polls in September mean nothing. It's November that counts...

    September 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Robbi

    Can you say propaganda? To think that they actually believe we would swallow this crap is amazing. Soon you will see exactly what your lies and fearmongering will get you. Nothing.

    September 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Peter

    Who on Earth are they polling? So apparently a significant majority think the Repubs can do better on the economy. Based on what? Their steadfast refusal to contribute any positive suggestions short of more tax cuts for the upper echelon.....unfunded of course...just like the wars. Mind boggling stuff. Add in their refusal to help reform health care. Do they really think the status quo re health care is acceptable?

    September 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Fran

    Why is it that we think if we vote another party in that it will change things? As Americans we have a responsibility to behave responsibly with our money – not living above our means,not charging everything, not trying to have everything that everyone else has, not living with a sense of immediate gratification. The current political party (Democrats) can't fix everything immediately which is what we want. Voting in Republicans is not the answer nor a quick fix. Take a look at yourself in the mirror and ask what you can do to make it better?

    September 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. White Picket Fences

    A little over 1,000 people surveyed. Bet you ALL of them had jobs. I think the biggest surprise in American history is coming this fall, and in 2012 when the people reveal that they are smarter than the politicians, and all career hoots are voted out. Any American who votes for a politician who has been in the "biz" for more than 4 years is just plain stupid.

    September 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. BD

    The polls will stay this way as long as the Democrats stand behind those idiots Pelosi and Reid. The Democratic party as a whole has become a party of do as I say, not as I do.

    September 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. dude

    Just like a sign said at a protest against socialism, REDISTRIBUTE MY WORK ETHIC, NOT MY INCOME. We are about to resdistribute some socialists and tax and spenders back to their home towns.

    September 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Eli

    The Republicans had their chance a few years ago and blew it. The Democrats had their chance more recently and made matters much worse. This is the way our system is.

    Political parties pay attention: If you want to earn the respect and votes of the American people then do what's in the country's best interest and not your party. You may find that you will be rewarded on election day.

    September 1, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Bill

    Surely Peloski, et. al. will figure it out – AFTER the election.

    September 1, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. ABM

    To all the people who are concerned the country will go in the wrong direction if the Repub gain control. Go out and vote in November. Don't let anything hold you back from your right to vote. Call in sick, go into work late, do it during luch.....just get out there and vote!

    There is no excuse to not vote – show you political muscle and vote these people out of office.

    The Repub can then officially spend their time on the golf course instead of wasting their terms in office doing NOTHING FOR the people of the country. Opposing every can only go so far. Progress comes from:
    a) Leadership
    b) Action
    c) Compromise
    d) Maturity

    September 1, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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