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. Can you imagine if Boehner is Speaker . . . We will all have to get used to . . .

    If this poll is accurate, it only underscores our "video game" mentality.
    Obama is trying to clean up the elephant crap of the last 8 years and many people are wishing for that wonderful "smell" to come back to America.

    "we have met the enemy and he is us"
    -Pogo-

    September 1, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Robert J

    I am a democrat and I am sick and tired of the way Pelosi / Reed / stenner and the rest of the Democrats have and are behaving. You have or haqve had the majority – Pass the legislation and do some work. If the Republicns don't like it -fine – let them mope- Get some ba–s and get some damn work done- Bush started this country on the road to hell and now Dems are just making it slicker. Theres a mess in this country and somebody better clean it up – If the Dms can't maybe we should find another party who can – Enough BS...Get it done!

    September 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Robert J

    I forgot one thing – Lead – follow or get the hell out of the way! Simple – Do it!

    September 1, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. KK

    The CEOs, the Republicans and Wall Street are holding everything back so the Party of NO will get elected in November. They will be up to their old tricks and the American people are buying into it.
    "John the Janitor" (Boehner) is already planning for their win.

    September 1, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. MnMary

    What is WRONG with America? How can anyone possibly think that Republicans will do a better job than the Democrats? Doesn't ANYONE remember 2000-2008? It is simply going to take TIME to undo the damage that the Bush administration did to this country. Be PATIENT, people!

    September 1, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Dante

    Apparently the American public has very short memories!

    September 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Bob(Illinois)

    The public is drinking too much or the junk being served by the GOP!

    September 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Rick

    This is one more example of how simple we Americans really are. If things are good, credit the people in power. If things are bad, blame the people in power. The democrats had two years to make things look better and things don't. So, obviously the majority of Americans are ready to blame. It's not much different than the elections two years ago. By the way... I would consider myself to be liberal.

    September 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. th

    What did they do have a list of Repubs that they called.

    When Clinton was in office there was a surplus, when Bush took over we had a deficit.

    Obama is stuck with trying to undo the mess that the Repubs got this country in.

    September 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Kevin from Co

    "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."

    Because we always knew better. The econnomy was great under Bush for the first 6 years. It wasn't untill the Democrats got control of congress in his last 2 years that it started to fail.

    September 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. hermit

    So Republicans get elected. What are they going to do with their new power? The do not have a plan that is workable. As a result it will only serve to strengthen the Democrats in 2012. Tell what will really change?

    September 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Louise in NC

    I don't put much faith in Gallup polling. On President Obama's daily approval they change the percentage a couple times a day. Also, the people who voted for Obama probably do not get asked to participate in polls. Remember how wrong they were on the percentages between Obams and McCain for president!!!!!!!!! In this 24/7 day news media Gallop and other polling data is becoming antiquated.

    September 1, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. kat

    Blame all you want, Morans! We the People aren't that stupid. We know where and when things turned so ugly, It was when you all took control of the house and senate. I hope you all will be voted out.

    September 1, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. glib lib

    How quickly we forget. It wasn't long ago when Republicans were in charge and for some reason no one seems to remember how that turned out. It reminds me of a quote;
    "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it"
    -George Santayana

    September 1, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. How quickly they forget

    Does *anyone* want to go back to the GWB era? Does *anyone* think those tea party idiots can govern or create jobs? If you do, you deserve the incompetant coddle-the-rich government you'll get.

    September 1, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Greg Pottstown PA

    Well it must be a bs poll if it has bad news for dems. Now that people are starting to wake up from the haze of the Obama rush they are combing around to the fact that dems have had control since before the recession began, and that it was dem ideas (like the right to own a house) that got us in to this mess.

    September 1, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Jason

    I shudder to think what type of laws will be pushed by a Tea Party/Republican majority.

    September 1, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Eric

    Democracy at its finest! Of course we wont really know until Nov.. but what the heck... lets takea poll with a 4% sampling error and 1-2 point leasd to predict this Nov election results. Oh yeah .. you also forget the gerrymandering and redistricting that has taken place since 08 as well as the fact that most republican voters live in spaselry populated states who don't send and eq

    September 1, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. joel palmer

    This illustrates palinly the overall stupidity and short memory of the American public;

    ready to hand the keys back to the jerks who put the car in the ditch

    September 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Dan

    People will come back to their senses as the elections near. If they don't, we can all get ready for the next Great Depression. No problem, not eating will help me lose that twenty pounds I've been trying to take off.

    September 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Boy are we in for a bad depression if the republicans get back in.

    September 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Andy

    The people of America are such fearful racist sheep.

    The right-wing strategy of consistently cutting education budgets pays off every time.

    September 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Ellis Island

    It appears that no matter which party is in power, some people always think the other party can do better. Bring back Billy C!!

    September 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. intune

    What? And give up 20% un/underemployment and $1.4 trillion deficits? How can that be? Another poll taken recently showed Republican preference in 10 out of 10 catagories. Hopefully this Democrat disaster can be halted in November.

    September 1, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. MEL

    Must be a GOP survey.

    September 1, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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