Bad Sign? New Poll Paints Grim Picture for Dems

Ad Feedback

WASHINGTON - The midterm elections are four months away and if Democrats weren't already nervous, they won't find any comfort in a new Washington Post - ABC News poll.

The new survey revealed that the American public's confidence in President Obama has reached a new low.   

Nearly six out of 10 respondents said they question the president's ability to make the right decisions for the country, while a majority of those polled disapprove of his handling of the economy.

A whopping seven out of 10 registered voters said they have little faith in Democratic legislators, while more than half of the respondents also lack confidence in Republican congressmen.

For more on the midterm elections and voter anger that could lead to some upsets, CBN News spoke with Nicki Kurokawa, political analyst with the Independent Women's Forum.  Click play to watch, following John Jessup's report.

One-third of those polled - 36 percent - expressed diminished confidence in the president, Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Two-thirds of Independents were either dissatisfied with or angry at the way in which the federal government is functioning.

Moreover, 62 percent of registered voters said they will look for new candidates to vote for this fall, while 26 percent expect to support their incumbents.

According to the poll, 49 percent of those who intend to vote in the midterm elections plan to support Republican candidates. Forty-five percent said they will vote for the Democrats.

Fifty-six percent of potential voters believe a Republican-controlled Congress would provide a check of the president's policies.

Only one-fourth of Americans believe the economy is improving, while 57 percent disapprove of another stimulus package.

Dems Push Back
Meanwhile, the White House has started to push back with the president casting the election as a choice between the economic policies of the past versus the future.

"The question is, number one, 'Are we on the right track?' The answer is 'yes,'" Obama said.
However, the White House also conceded that Republicans could win control of the House in November.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., vice-chair of the national Republican Congressional Committee, told CBN News that the GOP is raising money, running competitive campaigns, and is offering voters ideas and values they can connect with more so than Democrats.

"I think they misrepresented in a lot of ways what they were going to do here in Washington, D.C.," Rogers said. "They talked about how the deficit was bad. Well, they've exploded the deficit here. They talked about that they were going to work across the aisle and be bipartisan. There has been none of that."

"Matter of fact," he continued, "some argue this is the most partisan Congress we've seen, and it is a very left-leaning agenda here that I think most people thought, 'Well, when they had the presidency and the House and the Senate they were going to be this moderate force and govern from the center.' They've done nothing close to that."

In the meantime, some Republicans are looking well beyond the fall. Some potential candidates see an opening for a presidential run against Obama in 2012.

One possible contender who is considering tossing his hat in the ring is former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who orchestrated the GOP takeover of Congress in 1994.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  


Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBN News
John Jessup

John Jessup

CBN News Anchor

John Jessup serves as the main news anchor for CBN, a position he assumed after 10 years reporting for the network in Washington, D.C. His work in broadcast news has earned him several awards in reporting, producing, and coordinating elections coverage. Follow John on Twitter @JohnCBNNews and "like" him at