November 19th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Less than half know GOP won the House

(CNN) – The Republican Party won decisive control of the House in this year's midterm elections, but it appears less than half the country is aware of it.

According to a new Pew poll, only 46 percent of those surveyed correctly identified that the Republican Party won the House as a result of the November 2 elections. But it's not all bad – 75 percent did know the Republicans performed better than the Democrats, it's just that many aren't aware exactly what the party won.

Fourteen percent thought the GOP won control of both the chambers, 8 percent thought Republicans won just the Senate, and 27 percent didn't know one way or the other. Five percent meanwhile thought Democrats maintained control of both the House and Senate.

The questions about the election were part of a larger poll quizzing American's knowledge on current events. Among the poll's other findings:

  • 38 percent correctly identified John Boehner as the incoming House Speaker
  • 16 percent correctly said more than half of the loans made under the Troubled Asset Relief Program had been repaid
  • 15 percent correctly identified David Cameron as Prime Minister of England; the same amount said it was ex-BP CEO Tony Hayward
  • 26 percent know Android is the operating system by Google for mobile phones

The poll surveyed 1,001 adults by telephone between November 11-14 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • GOP
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    All the Children that Bush Left Behind voted these idiots BACK into office.
    The definition of INSANITY in full effect right here in the US of A.

    November 19, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. ChumBucket

    There should be some sort of test you have to take before being allowed to vote.

    anyways, is anyone suprised by the results of this poll?

    November 19, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Every one agree many American not paying attention to election or politics so republican got a luck

    November 19, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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