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article imagePoll: Democrats Popularity Declines; Republicans Can't Capitalize

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By Andrew Moran
Aug 10, 2009 in Politics
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A new national poll suggests that the Democratic Party is becoming less favorable to Americans however, the Republicans have not been able to capitalize on their losses.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey shows that 52 per cent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Democrats, which is down six points from February. 41 per cent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Republicans, which is only up two points from February.
The poll further shows that 44 per cent of respondents believe the country would be better off if Democrats controlled Congress, while 34 per cent saying the country would be in the better direction if Republicans controlled Congress.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said, “Most Americans still have a favorable view of the Democrats; half have an unfavorable view of the GOP. By a ten-point margin, Americans say that the country would be better off if the Democrats controlled Congress. That's down from a 15-point advantage in April, but it is very important to note that the change has not helped the Republicans at all.”
The poll has been released during Congress’ August recess as Representatives and Senators debate health care reform and hold town hall meetings to discuss with Constituents about Pres. Obama’s health care plan.
Keating makes a very important and interesting point regarding the health care’s latest strife and the possible ramifications for 2010’s election, “What happens in the 2010 midterm elections will ultimately be determined by events that happen in 2010. But this year's debate over health care is laying the groundwork for next year's actions. With the debate already so intense on this issue, voters are unlikely to forget what happens in the next few months.”
The telephone survey was conducted among 1,136 Americans between July 31 and August 3 with a sampling error of +/- three percentage points.
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