September 24th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN Poll: GOP has big advantage

(CNN) – With a little over a month until Election Day, Congressional Republicans have the clear advantage with voters nationwide, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll says.

In a generic ballot matchup, the Republican leads the Democrat by 9 points among likely voters - 53 percent to 44 percent.

That spread is slightly smaller than the 55-42 percent advantage Democrats had at the same point in 2006, ahead of their major electoral victories that handed them control of both the House and Senate.

But the new survey suggests Republicans could be in even a better position than they were in 1994, when the GOP stunned the Democrats with their gain of 54 seats in the House and eight seats in the upper chamber. In a generic matchup poll in late September of 1994, Republicans only had a 3-point edge over Democrats, 48-45 percent.

The new CNN poll also suggests more than 20 percent of likely voters have still yet to make up their minds when it comes to whom they will vote for – a margin that could ultimately decide whether Democrats hold onto tenuous majorities.

The new poll interviewed 1,010 adult Americans by telephone between September 21-23. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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  1. Fair is Fair

    I've said it before and I'll say it again – the BEST thing about these polls is watching democrats get cerebral hemmoraghes over them. Keep up the good work, CNN!!

    September 24, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Ron in Califonia

    The Dems have earned their low poll numbers. Obama has proven himself to lack leadership, even thuogh he pushed through a lot of legislation it was a left wing agenda. A real leader woulf have listened to the people . Arrogance never pays.

    September 24, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. stufit

    It will be so wonderful to listen to these libs whine and cry ( and or course lie, demean and degrade). They still don't understand how much they have angered hard working, tax paying Americans with their.

    September 24, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. leo PA

    do not beleave the talking head

    September 24, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Peace

    CNN can you please do the actual reporting. 20% still not made their mind yet and you are reporting GOP has big advantage! 20% is still a huge number of people. Are you trying to make GOP feel good now and come to regret later?

    September 24, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    The dumbing down of America. The GOP "leadership" is filled with single-digit IQ individuals, and the people that follow them must have had to ride the short bus to school.

    September 24, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. SayWhat

    "The new CNN poll also suggests more than 20 percent of likely voters have still yet to make up their minds when it comes to whom they will vote for – a margin that could ultimately decide whether Democrats hold onto tenuous majorities."

    So, CNN where is the big advantage? When it comes time to vote, the American people will decide which party has been trying to move America forward and which one wnats to repeat the mistakes that brought us to where we are today.

    September 24, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Scott in Atlanta

    I guess there's no need to vote then, is there? I guess the corporations have gotten to you too, eh CNN?

    September 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't give these Republicans a free ride, they haven't given you any specifics about their plans because the only plan they have is to win for themselves and not for you. Ask them questions and stop letting them puppet off of you for votes.

    September 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Larry

    CNN, you need to learn how to take a poll. Latest Gallop polls show Dems ahead for the midterms.

    Your news reporting is becoming about as meaningful as FOX's.

    September 24, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP pledge is no more than a "written puppet" of what people say which doesn't include specifics.

    September 24, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Jeff in PA

    The best thing about this whole thing is the Democrats just may get rid of Harry Reed. He is a bone head that belongs in the Republican party with the rest of the idiots. For him not to talk about the new health care items that just became available and not to bring up the tax breaks for the rich until after the election, the man is a moron. Easily the worst Democratic majority leader ever. He is a wimp. No Passion. What is he afraid of?

    September 24, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    It has become painfully obvious that the DemocRATS have virtually NOTHING in common with the average WORKING American CITIZEN. They seem to only relate to illegal immigrants, welfare cases, union crooks, lunatic dictators, homosexuals, tax free-loaders, and on and on. They ALL need to be voted OUT.

    September 24, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Patrick from Minnesota

    It's sad that people are actually believing what those Republican extortionists and Fox Opinion are saying.

    September 24, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Michelle

    These polls are "likely" voters. I am so freakin sick and tired of the media pushing this as if the Republicans got this huge lead.

    September 24, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. vic, Nashville TN

    Big Different between 2006 and 2010

    2006 democrats’ candidates are best they are moderate candidates

    2010 republicans’ candidates far right

    CNN So don’t jump into any conclusion

    September 24, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. jim

    The country has been in a mess for several years now.It happened once the liberal/progressives seized control of the democrat party.I can't believe the country can be happy with the Obama agenda has brought the nation.We can do better than 9.6% unemployment and a poverty rate at 14.3%.

    September 24, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Edward M. Woods

    Media bias is even more frustrating when it masquerades as objectivity. Several minutes ago I watched a political "expert' give his analysis of the most recent CNN polling on the President's approval rating. After a dramatic rendering of the polling disaster that had supposedly befallen the President, your expert butressed his case by comparing the President's 43% approval rating with that of his predecessors ( Reagan and Clinton), who had the identical approval rating at the same point in their Presidencies! My point is that the affect and the accompanying histrionics of the reporter was altogether out of sync with the actual data that he was reporting.

    September 24, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Diane P

    the latest ap poll says the complete opposite, are your rating's down cnn?????

    September 24, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Dave

    Just a note to Claudia that every time I tried to question my Dem congressman I never got specifics either. It goes both ways, always has.

    September 24, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Republicans is smart in the head area

    All politics is local – meaning that any "generic national" ballot is pretty irrelevant. I don't want O'Donnell to win in DE. But I don't live there so what exactly does my opinion do to sway that race? Nothing. Just like when I hear people from outside of CA wanting Senator Boxer to lose. I vote in CA, you don't. And I will help return Senator Boxer and Speaker Pelosi to DC.

    September 24, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Joe

    The Polls are crap. we will see!

    September 24, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Our problems began when Bush was illegally selected in 2000 and then falsely elected with voter fraud in 2004. We've gone downhill since then. We have intelligent people doing serious work in the White House now, and it'll probably take at least another four years to undo most of the damage done by the Bush regime and his cronie rethuglicans. Why people were expecting Obama to fix things overnight is a mystery to me. It took Bush 8 years to destroy America, it'll take President Obama two terms to rebuild it back to a point where it's great again.

    September 24, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Wow CNN is officially trying to attract the Fox Nuts audience by mirroring the Fox propaganda on a daily basis. People just reflect what they are being indoctrinated on by the media. If CNN keep reporting negative stories...people will begin to think that way. The real problem is Congress. Congress makes laws, not the President. The Democratic Party got stuck in their OLD bad habits by catering to their Big $ lobbyists, just like the Republicans do. Are you listening traitor Dem's Lincoln, Baucaus, Landrieu, Prior, Nelson and company? You act like Republicans and guess what – you will all lose to Republicans.

    September 24, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. James

    The last four years have been a mess and the last two with Obama added to the mix has made it unbearable. They have done nothing that has controlled unemployment and spent money like they hated the people who earned it. You would have to be a complete idiot not to realize we need some serious change.

    September 24, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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