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. IHTCF

    Who was surveyed for this poll? A bunch of retards?!?! How do they believe the party that got us in this mess is somehow going to fix it?!?!?!?!?!

    September 27, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    Under George Bush and the Republican Congress the Economy was great, then in 2006 America made a huge mistake and voted in a Democratic Congress and then the Economy sank. Please people stop blaming Bush and put the blame where it belongs to the Democrats. How is the Economy doing under President Obama, Are you better off today then you were before 2006.

    September 27, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. stephan

    one more thing, when will obama take responsibility? blameing bush after almost two years is a farse. bush this bush that, you have a super majority...republicans cant stop anything you want to do...yet you still say its there fault when bills stall. how does that make sense? when your own party doesnt want you around to endorse them doesnt that tell you something?

    September 27, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Danny Cali

    I don't think so all Republican do it they keep sing same old song like they Boss G.W.B in last 8 years and cause American have no home right now.

    September 27, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Translation: "Americans are entirely conflicted. They recognize and blame those who caused the mess by applying ideological nonsense to the real world. They also recognize and blame those who are in charge right now for not being able to work miracles and fix it right quick. As a result, a whole bunch of them are going to vote against their interests this November by putting the people who caused the mess back in control of the House."

    BTW..."You know he is right, the democrats were all against the prescription drug bill. Why, it was a Republican bill? Was that it just did not steal enough? Don't know, but here is the message for senior citizens, the Democrats are against you."

    Actually, Bush's Medicare drug program was the definition of stealing. It wasn't funded. He did more damage to Medicare in that one act than the past 30 years of applying conservative economic ideology ever could.

    September 27, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. kakaraka

    I'm getting tired of all of these biaised coverage and idiot polls of CNN. How come the poll suggest the Republicans are to be blamed for the economic crisis we are in and in the same time the poll say these same faultif republicans are better than democrats to fix it? You cannot have it both way CNN. Sop these stupidity of nonsense polls. You indirectly promoting republicans. But no one will vote for the party of no with the same tax cuts for the rich solutions for all the country's problems. Tired of all these senseless polls. Stop it please.

    September 27, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Elizabeth

    LOL! The media really thinks Americans are stupid.

    September 27, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Yep...Pledge to America: "If you elect us this November, we'll do EXACTLY the same things we did that caused this mess, but it will magically fix everything."

    If it does, then there's only one conclusion to be had: big business was in on the scam and hasn't hired anyone because they just want the better puppets to be in office.

    September 27, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. GAR

    The Republiicans offer a bleak future for America. They only "fix" they will provide to the economy is the fix they want in favor of the interests of their corporate owners over the American people..

    September 27, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. pat

    how in the world can they do a better job? Does anyone really LISTEN to what they say or is everyone so caught up in the tea party/Sarah Palin/Republican party hype they don't hear.

    September 27, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Patsy, Texas

    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME why all the fuss over the Bush tax cuts, when apparently only 4.5M jobs were
    created in 8 years, the rich took their tax money and bought CDs, T-bills, and other investments, and all those jobs that
    went overseas devoured the available jobs in America?? House Speaker wannabee Boehner would not commit to
    eliminating earmarks, would not answer questions coherently, doesn't care how the tax cuts will be paid for, and all
    of this as guest on Faux News Sunday. PLEASE EXPLAIN. Thank you.

    September 27, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. DG

    CNN polls are so full of bull. The majority of people know that Bush and the Republicans destroyed our economy and drove us into the ditch. Clinton was left a mess from Bush 1 and the republicans, and Clinton and the dems cleaned it up. Obama and the dems have inherited a catastrophe from Bush 2 and the republicans and they are doing a fantastic job in cleaning it up but it will take years to do so. Let's never put Republicans back in again or we will go into the worst Great Depression ever. CNN is un-American as they favor the Republicans who will continue to destroy our country.

    September 27, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. S. in California

    Okay CNN here is a poll for you: Why are more people SWITCHING from CNN to MSNBC, ABC and other affiliates?

    Since you are so clearly invested in TRYING to destroy our president – try this one. You would be surprised at the answers. I'm sure this won't get posted.

    September 27, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. S. in California


    Under George Bush and the Republican Congress the Economy was great, then in 2006 America made a huge mistake and voted in a Democratic Congress and then the Economy sank. Please people stop blaming Bush and put the blame where it belongs to the Democrats. How is the Economy doing under President Obama, Are you better off today then you were before 2006.

    Honestly speaking: YES, I am. Much better off.

    Thank you.

    September 27, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    The Republican policy platform is based on proven free market economics. They absolutely do know what they are doing. The Republican party knows how to run the federal government so that Americans go back to work and prosper.

    September 27, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Lori in St Pete

    Actually stephan, the dems got elected in 2006, but they didn't get sworn in to take the majority until January 2007. Additionally, the budget year runs from October 1 until September 30. The rethugliban wrote the 2007 budget. Additionally, anyone who works in finance and is honest will tell you that they saw problems with the hanky panky in DC & on wall street as early as 2004. The crap bag was already full – it just exploded after it was tossed off on the dems.

    September 27, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Under George Bush and the Republican Congress the Economy was great, then in 2006 America made a huge mistake and voted in a Democratic Congress and then the Economy sank. Please people stop blaming Bush and put the blame where it belongs to the Democrats. How is the Economy doing under President Obama, Are you better off today then you were before 2006."

    You win the prize for today's shallowest and most lackluster regurgitation of baseless talking points.

    September 27, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. stufit

    For those of you name calling, demeaning, demonizing liberals out there, this is probably a complete shock. You believed what your dope pushers, union leaders and NEA affiliated teacher told you not realizing they were tools of the DNC (actually the DNC is their tool). Here is the real story, the recession did not start until December, 2007, about 11 months after the Democrat liberal party took control of both houses of Congress and sank this economy with the minimum wage act, making sure those that could not afford mortgages got them and a lot of other crap.

    September 27, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Vriginia

    Keep polling the RIGHT and your results will always favor the RIGHT!!! There is not one Democrat I know that's been polled in all of my polling years – and that's a LOT!!!

    Democrats – Don't Believe the HYPE – even if the Polls seem like it's in our favor!!! If you believe EVERYTHING you read, then you will get lazy and do NOTHING about it. Convince 10 people to vote in November, 2010 – who most likely is thinking about NOT voting – and you have accomplished a great deed!!

    T'SAH from Virginia believes and approves this message!!! I am not the Impersonator!!

    September 27, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. ron

    Republicans want the rich richer, and the poor poorer, how are they going to fix anything, too much greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 27, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. a health economist

    CNN, thank you for FINALLY using the correct term, plurality, in place of the incorrect term, majority, for describing poll results such as these. I really appreciate it.

    Now if you can start noting that the differences are still within the sampling error and no hard conclusions can really be made you'll make my day.

    September 27, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Andrew Eden-Balfour

    This poll is an absolute oxymoron, you can't have one party both be the cause of this problem and the solution, it just defies common sense.

    And for all those right wing commenters that keep pointing that Democrats are to blame for this because the economy started to suffer in 2006 when they we're in congress... Your dead wrong, the Republicans we're still in control for the majority of that year, but after midterm elections 06 and starting on the beginning of 2007, Democrats holded the majority when the switching began. So you guys are wrong, the Republicans caused this, plain and simple.

    September 27, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. REG in AZ

    The Republican cry now is, “we know what to do – put us in charge”. The rational response to that of course is to question why they would have kept it secret so long and just criticized and obstructed everything. They have consistently put their political ambitions above all else, at any cost to the people, and have said and done everything to rationalize their positions and to manipulate public opinion – without hesitation or conscience. Why should anyone now believe something has changed? No, their concentration actually has constantly been on just being ‘puppets’ for Special Interests and the select few who strongly support them and who ‘pull their strings’ and there is nothing to indicate there has been any change in that. They want to repeal all of the changes already made, which would put us right back to where we were, and they want us to believe they would then turn around and make appropriate changes, those that they have strongly faulted and resisted all along and that their supporters don’t want. They may now admit that changes are really required but with their history and demonstrated loyalty to the very few, while giving only subterfuge to the many, there isn’t any real justification to believe that they want anything other than to return to ‘more of the same’ that cost us so much and that serves only the few. There is simply no honest or conscientious base established to justify trusting them, in fact, the last ten years has provided ample justification to not trust them. Their rhetoric is completely deceptive and totally insulting in their arrogantly thinking that people are just so easily conned and manipulated.

    There is no hope offered in ever returning to ‘more of the same’ as that only satisfies the very few. What we need is the changes being implemented and to see them adjusted and fine tuned and definitely not repealed which would leave us with no progress. The Republicans, regular or Tea Party, offer nothing but a return to ‘more of the same’ and to firmly reject them now, along with their self-serving subterfuge aimed to manipulate, should prompt them to really understand it is about honestly, conscientiously and responsibly representing the people, not just the few and their own political interests.

    September 27, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. smarty

    The group that believe the Republicans are better for the economy should check their water, because there is no reason a sane, mentally healthy person would believe such crap!

    September 27, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  25. socal frank

    The idea that the Republicans are more able to fix the economy they destroyed is just about the same as saying that the person who gave you aids is the best person to treat the illness.

    September 27, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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