September 7th, 2010
05:55 AM ET
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CNN Poll: GOP up 46 to 43 percent over Democrats on economy

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="More Americans think Republicans in Congress would do a better job dealing with the economy than Democrats, according to a new poll. "]Washington (CNN) - Republicans have a slight edge over Democrats on the economy, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 46 percent of Americans say that Republicans in Congress would do a better job dealing with the economy, with 43 percent saying that Congressional Democrats would do a better job on the top issue on the minds of Americans. The GOP's three point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.

The Republicans three point edge is a big shift from last year, when the Democrats held a 52 to 39 percent advantage. The GOP leads 51 to 32 percent on the economy among Independents, and they have a nine point advantage on the issue among voters 65 and older.

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  1. gale godfrey

    DO NOT VOTE REPUBLICAN! 58 million seniors and people on disability will lose their social securtiy! are you going to support your parents when this happens or are you going to watch your parents lose thier homes ans starve to death, no health care are you going to pay for your parents health needs or are you going to watch them die. this what the republicans want. they dod not care they have enough of your money to support themshelevles when they retire , because they will still get paid even though they are no longer in congress. they want social securtiy in the stock market so they can make more money in their pockets, annd in the big corps.! also most of us will have to go back to work, or are still working for fear this will happen if the republicans win in the midterms, so that means no jobs for the next generation! so that means you will have to support your children too. I hope you have alot of money put up! for you may be supporting both your parents and your children for the rest of your lives!

    September 7, 2010 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  2. John

    how remarkably, incredibly, yet disappointingly expected of the public to turn this quickly after enabling the idiotic Republicans for such a long time. Have you all forgotten who screwed this country again and again and again with their tax breaks for the rich and do nothing for the poor policies?

    Good God, the stupidity in this country amongst voters is truly discouraging sometimes.

    September 7, 2010 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. Marie MD

    We are stupid Americans, aren't we? The rethugs put us in this position and now they are blaming everyone but themselves.
    They have done absolutely nothing except stand in the way of a President who is trying his darnest to clean up after the worse president in history!!!
    BTW – I don't believe polls either.

    September 7, 2010 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  4. Ann Hotz

    I seriously wonder how political researchers are able to conduct legitimate polls. I never answer the phone unless I know who is calling. In fact, many of the people I know who do answer the phone when they do not know who tend to be people who want to get input into polls.

    September 7, 2010 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that people don't understand that nothing can be done to change the problem immediately. It does take some time to correct the problems created over the past 8 years.

    September 7, 2010 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  6. sharon

    whom ever you are polling cannot possibly watch the news at all. To save me I do niot uneerstand how anyone does not see that this whole economic catastrophe is not toatally Republican. They have done everything they can since the election to stop any progress -through lies, exaggeration. and obstruction in the Senate and House.Why would you want to put the power back into their hands??????????????? So maybe they can finish what they started in 2000. They have no answers except for extending the tax cut for the rich and no plans to pay for them which is one of the reasons our economy is in this mess. Once they get in they are going to spend all their time trying to repeal Healthcare for one reason – they did not do it. What a disgusting group of so called adults. I have never seen such hatred, directed towards a person in my life and am trying to figure out if the hatred is because he is a Democrat or black. If you voters are dumb enough to put the Republicans back in control, start reading what life was like during the depression because they have NO solutions period and have blocked every attempt made so far to improve the economy.

    September 7, 2010 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  7. Tim L.

    well if i remember right it was the gop in charge when all this recession crap started. just goes to show how many people over 65 cant remember who started this and allowed it to happen.

    September 7, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. jim

    You take a poll that shows the margin to be so close between dems and republicans on the economy in these terrible economic times and you seriously expect us to believe the results. And every poll i've seen by other news organization have the margin between 7 and 8 %. Come on CNN was this poll made up just of members that work at your network?

    September 7, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  9. D. Bunker

    This poll really only shows the success of GOBP propaganda, not any substantial policies. The public also rates confidence in the MEDIA very low. When you combine a lousy media with eternal rightwing propaganda you get a brainwashed public unable to distinguish truth from lies. LYING is the GOBP key to success this year. I ask all the sane Americans who care about the poor and middle class to join me in educating our more gullible neighbors. The media won't tell them so we must: The GOBP has no new ideas and want only to return to the days of deregulation, tax cuts for the wealthy and whatever else their corporate masters demand.

    September 7, 2010 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  10. scott

    One thing people forget, is that the Dem congress had control since the 2004 elections, the 2nd term of Bush, had a Dem majority . So before we blame the repubs for everything. I think the Dem's have to take responsiblity for part of this mess also. To sit here and blame the Republicans and Bush for everything, is shortsighted, and mean spirited. Face it the Dems are not doing any better with this country them the Repub did, they are doing worse.

    September 7, 2010 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. Scotty

    Maybe they're angry because big corporate special interest groups are spending BILLIONS of dollars to spread LIES about the President. Why? Because President Obama did PRECISELY what he said he'd do. HE MADE BIG ENEMIES. He angered the insurance companies by taking away their "pre-existing conditions." He angered Wall Street by pushing through legislation to keep them from stealing working people's money. He angered the credit card companies by signing legislation that took away their right to change the interest rate on your credit card without telling you. He angered student loan pirate companies by taking away their 20 percent bacon commission and returning it to college students in the form of guaranteed loans. He angered BP by forcing them to put money in a fund to pay folks suffering because of their irresponsible behavior – BEFORE they had a chance to fight it in court. He angered big money by closing a loophole that allowed them to write off taxes on American jobs they were sending overseas. Such policies were sure to anger Republicans and their Tea Party fellow travelers – because they angered the Republican Party's megarich donors.

    September 7, 2010 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  12. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Where are the choices? Where do the American voters look to for relief from the out of control Congress and the size of the government and the size of the debt? Who do we trust? The Democrats? The GOP? No both of these parties are no longer representing the people. Both of these parties are bought and paid for by the Special interest groups, PACs, Unions, Wall Street, banking, global Corporations are all contributing billions to re-election funds that undermine the people's representation.
    The choice comes down to the devil you know and the devil you don't know. We know what the present Congress has given us...Unemployment at record levels, hugh debt and global wars without end...Time to elected the new people for the chance at representing the people for a change we can believe.

    This fall vote "No to incumbents"

    Fire All incumbents!

    September 7, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. oklahoma lib

    Right. Things were just peachy before Obama took office.

    September 7, 2010 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  14. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Either the poll-takers are talking to the wrong people, or a lot more people are buying the snake-oil being sold by the GOP and AM hate-radio, or there are a helluva lot more racists out here then I would ever have imagined.
    White middle-aged Southern "boy"

    September 7, 2010 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. Jim

    This is ridiculous. The nothing in the economy changes as fast as these opinion polls. All this shows is a lot of people do understand what's going on in their own country.

    If one wanted to be realistic, the Dems and Obama shouldn't get credit or blame for the economy yet. Its way too early to tell if they made the right decisions for the long haul.

    September 7, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  16. D. Bunker

    All hail the success of the Right Wing Noise Machine. The teatards and the GOBP have poisoned public discourse with their lies (just note the righty nutjob comments here on CNN) and have been enabled by the allegedly "liberal media" not doing its job in exposing the lies on the right. The TRUTH is that the GOBP has no new ideas and wants to return us to the days of deregulation and tax cuts for the ultrarich, all of which are proven failures and a recipe for disaster. Us sane Americans need to take back our country with the truth. The GOBP flees the truth like cockroaches from light.

    September 7, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  17. Right Leaning Independent

    The Dems have proven to be totally inept at figuring out how to handle the economy!! This group of elite Ivey school folks are so out of touch with reality! They passed their liberal agenda while ignoring the economy. They paid off their political allies with my stimulus money rather than putting it into "shovel ready" programs. So now they fail and can not understand why so many Americans are turning on them... Anything they do now is too little too late!! November is around the corner and the American majority will begin to take back our country!!!

    September 7, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. Louisiana Man

    How quickly we forget–

    Idiot bush's disastrous mishandling of a budget surplus-
    a deceitful, useless, multi billion $$ war, a TEN YEAR tax break for his wealthy pals- deregulation of rules that costs the citizens a bundle-but was most profitable for his capitalistic, money grubbing contributors and borrowing from China-

    All resulting in gazillions added to the deficit and relegating our country to its knees, Wall St bailouts, home foreclosures, high unemployment. and handing Obama an economy in ruins-

    then of course blaming the Dems for all of our country's maladies-


    September 7, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    I want to agree with the posts that will appear on this subject from folks that ask "who is being polled" because I never get a call!! If they call me, Repubs would have a much greater lead in this poll!!!! The fact is if you want a job, vote Republican. If you want a hand out, vote Democrat!!

    September 7, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Is being brain dead and forgetting what happened to the economy while the republicants had control just an American trait?

    September 7, 2010 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  21. DaveM

    How amazingly short are the memories of American voters. The economic situation we are in today is the direct result of the no-regulation policies and outrageous spending on the part of a Republican president and a Republican majority. Democrats inherited this mess and have done an admirable job cleaning it up, given the resources they had to work with. If the Republican gain power, you might as well put the last nail in the coffin of our economy and the status of our great nation as a superpower. We literally can't afford Republicans...

    September 7, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  22. chill

    This is insane. The GOP policies got us into this mess and they want to go back to the same failed ideas now. People forget just how bad it was in late 2008-09 if they don't think things are getting better, albeit too slowly. And part fo the reason for that is that the stimulus package was TOO SMALL as many economists predicted at the time it passed. It was such because they had to rope in a few stray Republicans and it took compromise to do so. Obama has been proposing tax cuts and credit for small businesses for some time, and ironically, it is the Republics that are blocking those bills, People are angry and scared and want to punish those in power. I get that. but they are only going to jam us into a double dip like was done in the late 30's when FDR cut off the spending too quickly.

    September 7, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  23. STEVEN

    What's going on? Dont you guys (polling companies) have anything better to do other than trying to out do yourselves through stupid polls?
    What has the GOP done to become the favourates on everything? Aren't you guys trying so hard to influence everything going on today?
    If all your polls are trully reflective of what the AMERICAN people think, then most AMERICANS are plainly stupid followers of what the pollsters want which is to lead you to a result where they can say that their polling was right and reflective of the mood. HONESTLY, I am sick of all the stupid polling which is going on.
    Thank you.

    September 7, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  24. Katy Hill

    They were wrong about both wars and they plundered the national treasure bombing the hell out of other countries then building them back up so some religious fanatic could blow them up again. Of course I want the Repubs back in power so they can finish what they started, making this a country of greedy, war mongering, self serving, hypocrites. It's the American way!

    September 7, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  25. Dug

    Funny how short people's memory is, it was the Republicans who drove the economy into the ditch in the first place.

    September 7, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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