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. Fan

    What is wrong with people. GOP tank the economy under GW BUSH. God

    September 1, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Lewdog

    Bring back Bush, the greatest president ever!

    September 1, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Jack

    I think that poll's in some ways are only indicator not the truth, but I can tell you, the people I associate with, are mostly former republican, we will not be voting republican anytime soon.

    A great many of us feel the party has been hijacked by talk show host and the religous right.

    We have watched so-called leaders of the republican party to spread disinformation or allow it to be decimated without regard for the country.

    It is now a party of "It's my way or the hiway!" attitude.

    It will come down to; a lesser of two evils; in November and I can tell you my friends and I will not vote for any republican or tea party candidates nationally.

    September 1, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. maine dem

    the problem with these polls: they are national. the elections are state.
    polls show a disatisfaction with a generic dem or for some other dem of another state. yet when asked how do you feel about your current representation people dem/rep support the person they can vote for.

    Its the other guys candidate they opposer. maine will send our two dem reps back to the house.

    the only poll that matters is election day

    September 1, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. jim

    The Democratic party that is in power now is nothing like the party that was in power just a few years ago.They tried to portray the Republican party as extreme and outside the mainstream but it is they that have decided to shift the Democratic party in a direction that is far from what the country wants.The poll numbers reflect this.

    September 1, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. GL

    Gallup surveyed 1,021 adults by telephone from August 27-30. The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

    There you have it. Young people do not have telephone. I am just upset that these polls continue to leave out the young voters when they do these polling which is very misleading, but from here own I will not read into pollings because they are not the real deal. Nov.

    September 1, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. bearced

    Wow, what short memories we have!

    September 1, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Mr. Moderate

    I just wonder how meaningful these polls will be once voters realize how truly extreme many of the Republican nominees are.

    September 1, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. David

    If the Dems do lose seats in Congress, they will blame Bush.

    September 1, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. No-sense makes nonsense

    As a US citizen who has worked and lived overseas for many years ... to return last year I am absolutely astounded how conservative/fundamentalist free Americans have become. All of you Conservatives ... look at the rest of the world ... then come back and keep our freedoms by permitting our liberal and freedom based rights.

    We don't want America to become Christian Fundamentalist Church!

    September 1, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. ccm123

    The republicans have done nothing on any of these issues, they just say no.

    September 1, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. D

    But yet what people have yet to realize, Republicans have not put a single thing down on paper..why? Because their philosophy is to stall the country, and attack constantly. Their agenda is to take YOUR social security money and allow them to invest it how they see fit in Wall Street (which 80% of Americans are against). This is why there is no 'affirmed' GOP agenda, they are trying to figure out how to do it and get away with it. They are telling the public that the fund is broke and there's nothing there, reality is, there's 12 trillion there that will pay out well past the year 2030 if you look at the governments sources and independent sources. Another bold faced lie to steal from the American people. If these criminals are elected again, America truly does deserve its fate.

    September 1, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Walsh

    The Dem's are great agitators as we saw all during the Bush years but governing is not their strong suit. Of course the dem's do better on the environment because they believe anything Gore will tell them.

    September 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Bob, Virginia

    A Republican takeover of the House will guarantee Obama's reelection in 2012. Voters who apparently have very short attention spans will be reminded of how inept Republicans are when they see the House do nothing for two years.

    September 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. JFS

    Why do I never get polled ??? Where does Gallop go...RED STATES ?I think that polls are not accurate...thankfully most American voters do not read much and tend to make their minds up only days before elections....

    September 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. oracle

    I can see November from my house.

    Most now have awakened now to realize the 2008 election was a big mistake, and are quite angry they've been conned and lied to by the Obama machine to get elected.

    September 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Nick

    I've got one thing to say..."Remember November!"

    September 1, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. rm

    This is all well and good, but I don't have a lot of faith that the Republicans offer a better political deal than the Democrats. I see both parties as corrupt, inbred and ultimately power hungry, eminently greedy and populated by opportunists and confidence men. I wish there were an alternative, but short of bringing the entire political system down and starting over (as was suggested by none other than founding father Thomas Jefferson), I fear there is no solution. Don't get me wrong; democracy is still the best political system. It's time to bring it back but most Americans really don't want the personal responsibility it entails. We're happy to let someone else run the show and will settle for some entitlements and political entertainment as a consolation (you know, bread and circuses).

    September 1, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. NancyLV

    I use to be democrat till the 2008 election, I saw how the dems treated Hillary and the sneaky things they would do and what they said and how the whole election went how the caucuses were held at least here in Vegas the underhanded way they did things and that was it I switched to independent, the democratic party is not the party that my mom and dad were a part of and not the party I voted for in almost every election. They are too radically left for my taste and my vote. I have no faith in how they handle our security and I mean with Iran they now have nuclear capabilities on Obama's watch and the dems watch, the border where only God knows who's coming in to our country, economy here in Vegas is a joke what economy here in Vegas. I know that I won't be voting for any dems at least not this time.

    September 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Radar55

    Oh, please, please, please let the Republicans back in power so that they can create jobs overnight. I know they are not going to bame the Dems for this mess we are in.

    Please let them get back in power so that we may have better health care.

    And no terrorist will mess us. Please i, can't wait, please hurry up and get here Nov.

    September 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. JR

    All the poll tells me is that 50% of Americans are abject morons with extremely short memories.

    September 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Russell N.C.

    How much longer do the Dems. think they can blame the economy on George Bush? Playing the blame game is not the answer. It does not solve the problem. It is time for the Dems. to step up to the plate and stop hiding behind Bush.

    September 1, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Jon in Rochester NY

    Let's go back to perks for the rich and nothing for the middle class then. Subsidies to oil companies and incentives to outsource our jobs offshore. Let's allow the credit card companies to fleece the card holders. To heck with your 24 year old college graduate that can't find a job yet ...... they don't need healthcare!

    The GOP does a good job of convincing people to vote against their best interests.

    Deficits were good when they were in office. Deficits are bad when Democrats are in office!!

    September 1, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Enrique

    The Iraq war was a massive spending program that was waged on false pretense and the Bush tax cuts further worsened the budget deficit. The economy was in a downward spiral in 2008, when George W. Bush was very much the president. It is beyond me that Americans would put Republicans back in power. The only silver lining I can see is that this will force Republicans to actually govern and stop playing politics.

    September 1, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Richard

    The American people just never learn do we? Republicans better on Terrorism? Really, we were attacked under THEIR watch..Immigration? Bush had congress for 6 years and did nothing. Federal spending and the economy? How quickly we forget how we got here, does anyone remember the last 8 years at all? Afghanistan? You mean the war the Republicans started but then left behind to go into Iraq?Oh and finally, corruption in government? Do we really need to list all of the things the Bush administration was caught doing improperly? It's no wonder we move so slowly and rarely ever see real progress. The GOP is proving that it is possible to win and be successful if you lie, obstruct, and manipulate What a message to send to the world, american public.. hoodwinked again..

    September 1, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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