September 27th, 2010
06:51 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN Poll: Plurality say GOP would do a better job fixing economy

(CNN) - Although more people blame the Republicans than the Democrats for the country's economic problems, a larger number of people think the Republicans are more likely to fix those problems, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday indicates that 41 percent of adult Americans say congressional Republicans are more responsible for the nation's economic problems, with 35 percent saying the Democrats are more to blame, and nearly one in five saying both are equally to blame.

Full results [pdf]

But 47 percent of those questioned say the economic policies of congressional Republicans are more likely to improve economic conditions, with 41 percent saying Democrats in Congress have the better prescriptions, five percent saying both have equally good solutions and five percent saying neither are more likely to improve conditions.

"Independents are the key group on these questions," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "By a five-point margin, they tend to blame the GOP for our current economic woes. But they prefer the GOP over the Democrats by 13 points when asked which party can improve economic conditions."

According to the survey, just under three in ten say that things are going well in the country today, a drop from last autumn but an improvement from late 2008 and early 2009.

The poll indicates that the economy remains overwhelmingly the number-one issue on the public's mind, and unemployment is overwhelmingly the top economic problem cited by most Americans.

"Even among people who describe themselves as Tea Party supporters, unemployment is cited as the number-one problem over the federal budget deficit," Holland says. "Thirty-six percent of Tea Party supporters name unemployment, compared to 31 percent who say the deficit is the top economic issue."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 21-23, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: CNN Polls • Economy • issues • Republican Party
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    The Rethugs are the ones who destroyed the economy! They couldn't fix it if it was the last economy on earth.

    September 27, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Squiggs

    Republicans have the same solutions that got us in this mess in the first place. Do we get rid of everybody and get a whole new set of Americans after every election. I swear there must be all new people with no idea of the last decade. The Republicans ran this country into the ground and you want more of that. Good luck suckers.

    September 27, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Jolene

    Sure, just like they did for 8 years with Bush? Skyrocketing deficits and national debt, seemingly endless wars, outsourcing of US jobs, the near onset of the 2nd Great Depression, "Heckuva job, Brownie" governing, etc. Do folks think a leopard will change its spots? Ignorance, fear and foolishness are running rampant as the dumbing down of the US electorate comes home to roost. Political entropy period.

    September 27, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. cane pazzo

    These polls are garbage. The questions are framed to elicit a predetermined answer. The republithugs had nearly 8 years to enact legislation and they chose as always to watch out for big business. The GOP (goofy opposition party) will just make things worse with their penchant for deregulation and tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

    September 27, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. What the hell is wrong with people?

    "Independents are the key group on these questions," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "By a five-point margin, they tend to blame the GOP for our current economic woes. But they prefer the GOP over the Democrats by 13 points when asked which party can improve economic conditions."

    Good Lord! When is this god-awful parrallel universe going to end? Are these people flipping insane? I guess that old saying "you get the government you deserve" rings truer than ever! The republican tea party are religious, right wing nut bags who cannot stand that there is a black man living in the WH. Period.

    September 27, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Doc

    They got us here in the first place but you think their policies now (which are no different than they previously were) are going to get us out of this? When are you folks going to realize that we're being held hostage by the corporations and the rich? Credit is scarce which means new businesses can't get started and people can't buy large ticket items even if they have the wherewithal to buy them. Corporations aren't hiring because they're afraid of the possible taxes (read that: they don't know how big their profits are going to be). These are the folks we "bailed out" and they're turning their backs on us to see if they get a better deal from the Republicans (if elected). Things would be a lot better off if the people with the money would stop throwing it under a rock and waiting to see who gets elected and start spending it like all of the have nots that are just trying to get by.

    September 27, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Bob C

    So people believe that the ones they blame for the problem are also the best suited to fix it? The lack of logic in such thinking is so astonishing that the consequences of such are fully deserved.

    September 27, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let's not talk about who drove the economy in the ground or who is better to fix it. Let's look at whose been working for you to fix the economy and who hasn't lifted a hand. Republicans have been "derelict" in their duties that they swore to uphold to the American people when they placed their hand on the Bible and took an oath to do so. Republicans have a responsibility to the American people and not to the Republican party and duty requires the work for "ALL" Americans in good times and bad times.

    September 27, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. rdepotnb

    The guys runinng the Republican party from Southern states, as well as from DC and Wall Street, are the ones who have nearly doomed this country to failure. Failure economically, educationally, and in terms of health care-they did it all, in the name of enhancing their own positions.

    Are they all believers that 2012 is the End of Times? That seems to be one explanation. They want their own taken care of, and they want enough of everyone else's resources to build whatever the modern-day version of Noah's Ark would be. Seriously-do we really want to vote these people back into power?? Nooooo waaaaay.

    September 27, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. vadabrad

    My question is, who do you survey in these polls. Seems to me, if the repuplican party is responsible for this mess, then how can they fix it. Americans don't think and the Republicans, (the Sarah Palins and such), got them all hoodwinked!!!!!

    September 27, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. ron

    Are they kidding, they sent 8 millions jobs out of the Country, and they think the GOP is going to fix it.

    September 27, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. welches, oregon

    insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.


    September 27, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    CNN report that a larger number of people think the Republicans are more likely to fix those problems, according to a new national poll. But America has a very short memory is was the Republican and democrat that got The United States in this mess in the first place. When the repubilican under President Bush had a surplus of money and EIGHT YEARS they spend and spend America into a hole, sent jobs over seas the amount money spend on two wars wasn't unaccount for or was not on buget. So here we go again they want te be in charge of the money again. Like the chicken want to come to back to the barn.

    September 27, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Realistic

    Surveys sometimes makes no sense. people blame Republicans more than the Democrats for the economy but in the same survey people say republicans will be better in fixing it. WTF is what I say...If republicans are blamed more and they caused the problem, than how can they.....Never mind..WTF is my new battle cry when surveys come out now. Everytime one comes out, I'm like WTF...

    September 27, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. squealy

    How on earth the party that caused the problems can be more trusted to fix them is beyond me. They are even saying they'd revert to the old policies. The fact is, Bush-era policies (including the tax cuts) destroyed the fiscal viability of this nation. Another fact is, this country was going over Niagra Falls in a barrel when Obama was elected. A third fact is that many of the policies repubs say failed under Obama, were actually implemented by Bush before he left office, leaving his successor to clean up the mess. 4th, the country was in such a precarious state, that a HUGE stimulus was needed to turn things around. That is how economics works (take a class). 5th, the stimulus was hacked to death by republicans to the point where it became less effective than it would have been had it gone through as originally written. 6th, it will take YEARS to right this ship, and to bail on Obama's policies, which are working to some degreee now (and would have worked a lot faster/better if they had been implemented in whole) is absolutely the wrong thing to do. All I hear is the whine from folks who are impatient. "Waaah, daddy, snap your fingers and fix it NOW!" Yes, I realize folks are hurting. But do you really think the party of "tax cuts for the rich, no social security for you" is going to do that for you?

    September 27, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. John

    people are getting desperate and looking for any solution.

    September 27, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Dan

    The Democrats' stimulus fought off a depression, and now their proposed tax plan will renew (bonus!) Republican tax cuts that the Republicans initially intended to expire, for 98% of the population – and yet the 2% that expire will reduce the defecit by $700 billion in just ten years. The Democrats are suggesting a fiscally responsible plan that compromises Democratic and Republican agendas to pay for a huge part of the stimulus that helped fight off another depression. What's the problem? (The problem is that Congress might not vote for it!)

    September 27, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Baffled!

    How can 47% of Americans think that the party that screwed this country up in the first place will be able to fix it????? Oh! that's right! I forgot the Republicans are going to add 4 trillion dollars to our deficit which is perfectly OK because they are Republicans, but the Democrats who only put 1.5 trillion on the deficit are scum. Makes perfect sense to me, NOT!! America wake up!! Your being sold a bill of goods!

    September 27, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Robert Cloosdoosch

    People blame the Republicans for the mess we are in, but still think they are the most able to fix it?
    Shows stupidity is alive and well in this country.

    September 27, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. jim

    I 'm not sure the republicans can do a better job of fixing this economy but they sure couldn't do any worse than the present bunch of characters we have in power now led by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

    September 27, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. ben dover

    The people (GOP) that got us into this crap... won't be the people that get us out. And do you expect the GOP to say we would suck at getting the job done? Get real. Who gives a damn about sentiment? You felt like crap for 6 of the 8 years Bush was in office. Now that there is a man of color in office with half a brain, now sentiment matters?

    September 27, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. Army Soldier

    I'm really surprised at how Americans are so impatient with the current POTUS. We gave President Bush his let's do the same for President Obama. We will always have complaints, but solutions are what's needed. Come on people let's get it together and UNITE!!! Do we have to have another tragedy for us to come to an understanding again?

    September 27, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. mj

    Democrats have zero Business Knowledge. Having tried numerous times to spend their way out of this; all efforts have failed. Truly believe Republicans have a much better sense for what most Americans want – Less Government, Less Stupid Spending, and the importance of Small Business. Give it up Democrats. Going down, down, down.

    September 27, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. stephan

    you guys say its all the republicans fault right? let me ask you this, whose really been in charge since 2006...democrats. you guys want to talk about sky rocketing defecits? obama has spent more money then all presidents combined. yeah bush spent to much, but id rather choose billions in debt to TRILLIONS in debt. yes niether party is perfect but at least the right is some what fiscally responsble. all obama wants to do is throw money at everything. the pledge to america may not be perfect, but at least it keeps us from spending money on useless stimulus that dont work

    September 27, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Mr. Mike - CA

    If this is true they have had about 9 years to do so and things got progressively worse. The pledge is nothing more than a rehash of old policies so what is the point ? If the Dems and Rep just work together and get this economy and job market they would actually be earning their salaries. The wrong incentives are in play for politicians, if they were actually held accountable by their districts or states things might be much better and we would not need a Tea Party. By the way I liked the Tea Party when they appeared to be balanced going after a Dem or Rep based upon the issues now they have sided with the Rep party and lost their true goal and objective.

    September 27, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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