November 15th, 2010
09:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: No major changes in image of parties

Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that the results of the midterm elections did not alter Americans' views of the two political parties.

A Gallup survey released Monday morning indicates that 43 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic party following the elections, down just one point from the 44 percent who said they had a favorable view of the party prior to the midterms.

According to the poll, 45 percent now have a favorable view of the Republican party, up one point from before the elections.

The GOP stormed back and won control of the House of Representatives, thanks to a net gain of at least 60 seats in the midterms. The Republicans also narrowed the Democrats' majority in the Senate, thanks to a net gain of six seats in the chamber.

The survey indicates that 52 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Democrats and 50 percent hold a negative view of the GOP.

The lack of movement in the party favorable ratings contrasts with 2006, when the Democrats' favorable rating jumped five points following those midterm elections, in which the Democrats won back control of both the House and the Senate.

The new numbers augment the argument by many political analysts and pundits that the Republican's victory in the midterm was more of a rejection of the Democrats' policies than an approval of the GOP.

The Gallup poll was conducted November 4-7 with 1,021 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    The end game of GW Bush's presidency was the decision in the Citizens United case, which allowed unlimited corporate funding of our elections. If it weren't for this source of funds from foreign corporations and others wanting to influence our elections, the Republicans would never have been able to flood the airwaves with the lies that convinced so many low-information voters to vote against their own self-interest.

    The Republicans rely on deception, because their policies are all PROVEN FAILURES.

    What all the average Americans who vote Republican have yet to figure out is that they are BEING USED. (And laughed at by the Republicans and their cronies.)

    November 15, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Chipster

    Let's take a poll to see what the "favorable" rating is for the voters! Few of them even bother to vote and, when they do, they're often completely uninformed. At best, they get their information for Beck or Stewart. At worst, they simply pull one lever or the other. They don't understand the Constitution, how govt actually works, or how important an informed vote is. I give the voters about 17% approval.

    November 15, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Who cares what any poll says of what party???? The bottom line is the American people sent a clear message to the current administration, which is; STOP SPENDING and STOP PUSHING THIS NATION INTO SOCIALism! Plain and simple! The Tea Party intends to keep the Republicans they helped elect, focused on the real issues; 1. Stop Obamacare, 2. Retire the Debt, and 3. Ene the Democratic Spending Spree.

    November 15, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Until they start working together and have a better working relationship, the Congress and the major political parties will still be viewed badly by the majority of the American public.

    November 15, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. gt

    da.... they have not even been sworn in yet....

    November 15, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Stop support a party and start to support your freedom.
    When will you folks stop thinking this is about us and them, my party or the highway? There is no true difference between the two parties. These political parties are businesses and they play you folks for your money that is all. They could care less about you, your job, your family, your freedom or your values. Have you ever heard from your party unless they are asking for donations? NO
    Does you representative know your name if he saw you on the street? NO
    NO they do not care about you one bit!

    November 15, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Dean

    At least give them enough time to take office before you ask how they are doing????

    November 15, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There are no "new" leaders of the Republican party, it's the same old guys who have been doing nothing for the past 10years waiting to be rewarded for doing nothing.

    November 15, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. keepstufingthis

    Gaining ground for the Republicans. Thank God, they have elected to keep Pelosi on as minority leader. She cannot help but make more of a fool of herself over the next two years and even if she said or did nothing, her picture will remind Americans that she called us names and demeaned and demonized us for not agreeing with her, much like her beloved president has called us his "enemies."

    November 15, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. king

    well give these repugs time and see how much more their favorability goes. they all have a one track mind. the best thing for the country right now is to redistribute money from the wealthy that have all those trillions of dollars on the side lines and wont hire anyone. the government need to tax them and bring the money in to the system so that normal folks could get it for demand. they are going to get it back is just that they take it out of the system and wont let circulate in the economy. they have betrayed the american people by getting demand from us and dont creat jobs they rather sit on the money which in tern stops the cycle. their jobs is to make sure the capitalistic system keep on cycling by creatiion jobs for the american peopld, so that the american people can get more demand money to buy from them again and in turn they creat more jobs and the cycle goes on and on.. these corporations sees bigger fish in the sea and instead of dealing with mainstream america they stop the cycle to look for bigger fish abroad taking the american jobs with them.

    November 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. DC Johnny

    The only numbers that will matter for the next decade are the responses from Independents. The divisiveness of Obama and Bush (and the media) have guaranteed that 45% will vote GOP on everything and 45% will vote Dem on everything.

    November 15, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Dennis

    The real question is which party wants to cut YOUR Social Security that YOU PAID for, while cutting taxes for the RICH that YOU WILL PAY FOR?

    November 15, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    The midterm elections were all about putting a STOP on the insane spending and leftist agenda of Obozo, Reid and Pelosi. Most Americans have figured out these clowns will destroy this country with their insane spending and disregard for personal freedom. The battle will be finished in 2012 when Obozo gets tossed to the curb.

    November 15, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Jim

    So, after the Republicans fail to accoimplish anything in the Congress, what will their approval rating be?

    November 15, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The new numbers augment the argument by many political analysts and pundits that the Republican's victory in the midterm was more of a rejection of the Democrats' policies than an approval of the GOP."

    Poor, CNN. Still trying to MAKE news instead of just REPORTING the news.

    November 15, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |