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September 6th, 2010
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Next up: Obama moves economy to top of week's agenda

(CNN) – On this Labor Day, the White House will put its focus squarely back on the economy, following a week where the Obama administration concentrated on Middle East peace talks and the end of America's combat role in Iraq.

The address will be the first of two speeches this week in which President Obama will try and frame his administration's response to the recession, less than two months ahead of midterm elections where Democratic majorities in the House and Senate are on the ropes.

Obama will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Monday, speaking at a Labor Day event in a state that has extremely competitive gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.

Then on Wednesday, he will deliver an economic speech in hard-hit Cleveland, Ohio, in a state that also has very competitive gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House battles that will help determine control of both chambers of Congress. Full Story

CNN Poll: GOP's midterm advantage is growing

(CNN) – With November's midterm elections less than two months away, a new national poll indicates that the Republicans' advantage over the Democrats in the battle for Congress is on the rise.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey the GOP leads the Democrats by seven points on the "generic ballot" question, 52 percent to 45 percent. That seven point advantage is up from a three point margin last month. The generic ballot question asks respondents if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district, without naming any specific candidates.

"The survey indicates that Independents and voters who dislike both parties are starting to break toward the GOP," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In a year when anger at incumbents is a dominant political force, the key to the election lies among those who aren't rooting for either side."

According to the poll, the two parties are equally unpopular. Forty-nine percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Democrats and 49 percent have an unfavorable view of the Republicans. Just over one in five questioned dislike both parties. Back in April, Americans who dislike both parties appeared to mildly favor the GOP on the generic ballot, by a 43 to 39 percent margin, with a large number saying at the time that they would pick a minor-party candidate or stay at home.

"Now, a lot of those voters appear to be bolting to the GOP. Republicans now have a whopping 38-point advantage on the generic ballot among voters who dislike both parties," adds Holland.
Republicans also have large and growing advantage among Independents. Sixty-two percent of Independents questioned say they would vote for the generic Republican in their district, with three in ten saying they'd cast a ballot for the generic Democrat. That 32 point margin for the Republicans among Independents is up from an eight point advantage last month.

"It's not surprising that those two groups are voting the same way, since almost by definition Independents don't like either party," adds Holland.

What will the "Obama factor" be in November? The poll indicates that most say that their vote for Congress will not be intended as a message for President Obama.

Twenty-four percent say that their vote will be in opposition to Obama; with one in five saying their vote will be a message of support for the President. In 2006, anti-Bush voters outnumbered pro-Bush boters by more than two-to-one.

"Among those who plan to send a message with their vote this fall, Obama is having a negative effect but nothing like the effect George W. Bush had on Republican candidates in 2006," says Holland.

The CNN/Opinon Research Corporation poll was conducted September 1-2, with 1,024 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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  1. Bob

    If Washington really wanted to improve on the economy they would require banks to relax the requirements for Credit Lines, then the small to medium companies could see past the limited funds in their accounts & invest in equipment & employees. The present A+ requirements are absurd.
    Establishing Credit Lines to the capacity of a company is a win-win situation for all. Banks make loads of interest, their shareholders are happy & the economy moves forward. No one is looking for a hand out.
    The only available credit today is with unscrupulous private equity (8% + 20% equity) or GE Capital or Chase at credit card rates.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  2. Bob

    Something is very wrong with this country if it puts the say " NO" bunch back in office. You are rewarding the GOP for doing nothing to help with this ecomony. Wake up America, you have to remember what the GOP did to this country, only two short years ago. CNN needs to remember this also, if this country goes down then so do you. It takes more than the top 2% to support this country, and you.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  3. Rolando Raymond Jr.

    It took FDR 10 years and a war to get us out of the depression, This President has only had two years and has improved the economy, but miracles do not happen without cooperation. Banks are not lending, the complaint about too much spending now and not in the past, the GOP placing road blocks, Immigrations has been more than halved and still people are not happy. I don't like where our society is headed with all the fear mongering talk, are we headed back to the 50's and segregation of different group? I say stay the coarse and change will happen if you let it.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  4. Mike

    Chetry, As long as you are hosting a CNN news show it will never be looked at by me as unbiased as you are one of the most biased commentators I have ever seen. Your comment about President Bush several years ago is one of the reasons why Obama is looked at and talked about as a dog. The truth apparently hurts. Your foolish attitude this a.m. with the minister burning the muslim comic book was also a sad display of your simpleton attitude of those miserable scum.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Kim, your comment was the GREATEST and it is the GOD/HEAVEN TRUTH! I appreciate and enjoy reading good comments of both SUBSTANCE and TRUTH. Also, Nancy G, Chuck, Pauly, JC and Joe Bob made some great points! THANKS! I can count the comments on one that American Morning has ever posted of my; I guess they are a bit too cutting to their pompous media personalities. They're the major ensighters of the ongoing, perpetual viewer outrage against the president and anything he's EVER tried to do to fix this mess!

    September 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  6. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @Bruce, the oil companies up my way have been running anti-tax for the wealthy up my way. The people in the adds were supposedly 'middle class'. Their demeaner appeared to be not sincere, more like they were scared of losing their jobs if they didn't say what they have told to say.

    September 6, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  7. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @joe bob, good point, I haven't considered the 'blue dog' Democrats. Notice also that they tend to be heavily influenced by lobbyists. Need to do more research. Who, specifically were you thinking about?

    September 6, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  8. Bruce

    Here in Dayton Oh conservative pacs and republican candidates have been running attack ads since July against Strickland and Fischer. They have gone unanswered until about a week ago. It is no wonder polling shows a republican advantage and even with a ramped up democratic tv campaign it may be too late to undo (explain) the accusations that have been drummed into the voters over the past 60 days.

    September 6, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  9. joe bob

    Hey Acosta, those Democrats that were "Dragged Along" to support unpopular bills SHOULD be replaced. Not by Republicans but by REAL Democrats.

    September 6, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  10. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Which is more important, your 401k plan or your job?
    Which is more important, paying your house payments or paying your medical bills?
    Which is more important, talking about 'race' or talking about job creation?
    Which is more important, talking about 'religion' or talking about jobs and the economy?

    September 6, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  11. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Did you know that United States exports to China are in fact Made in China?
    Do you think its a good idea to raise the retirement age to 70 while those who are over age 55 are unemployed or underemployed?
    How can Social Security be considered an 'entitlement' when people pay into Social Security all their working lives?

    September 6, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  12. JC

    What don't you ever talk about how "LOW" the GOP Approval Ratings are? It's seems so one-sided!

    September 6, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  13. Pauly

    John McCain said yesterday that the GOP needs to come up w/ an agenda before the mid term elections. Since this recession began, in '07, the GOP's only agenda has been to regain control of Congess.

    Not all of the bills passed by the Dems have worked perfectly, mainly because they allowed the GOP to water them down before passage, but at least they tried & are trying to help Americans. After a couple of years of just saying no, they finally figured out they need a plan.

    There's good reason they don't want to place a plan before the American people. It's much easier to criticize & lie about the Dem's plans than to come up w/ solutions to this country's problems. Waving blank pieces of paper or a budget proposal w/o any numbers affixed should anger Americans. Fear & smear isn't an answer to the problems this country faces. Neither is just saying no. But it's all the GOP has!!!

    September 6, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  14. chuck

    Lets put the blame where it should be! It sure as heck not the Democrats that started this down turn in jobs, we all know who to blame and i believe that this country has more sence then to put it back in thier hands just two years after they let us fall so far down. Big business has not done what they should have done and that is hire people, instead they use temps and say they are not doing any better , but here in my town hiring is going on i see many friends back to work but they do not work for big business they work for smaller business under 200 workers but moswt of them have hired or called back there workers , now on the other hand Big business has not hired or called back becauce they dont want Democrats to look like they have done anything to get the country going in the right direcation and hire thier people thr temp services so they can get rid of them without it counting. Come on people get your heads out of the sand and really take a look at what the repubicaions have done to us. open your eyes in our towns as we have in ours and i bet5 you see things you didnt see

    September 6, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  15. Nancy G

    I have been voting for 40 plus years and I've never been polled. I'm not about to hand congress over to those individuals whose economic principles constantly favor big business and greed over the average american. Why should I vote for a party that has done nothing but say no the last 2 years to legislation that would benefit middle class americans all the while whinning about the deficit and so called socialism. Funny I don't remember your party whinning about the deficit when it came to Iraq & Afghanistan or socialism for the upper class via tax breaks.

    September 6, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  16. wimpy

    Just in case the President can't see it, here is the elephant in the room:

    1-Wall Street sets stock/profit expectations for businesses.

    2-Executive Bonuses are based on this stock/profit performance.

    3-Companies fire employees to meet these expectations, or pay them less.

    4-Fired employees scramble for new jobs, most of the time at much less pay, especially as a worker gets older.

    5-Everyone stops spending money because of job pay and security.

    6-Executives receive their bonuses and the business contributes to campaigns to continue the cycle.

    7-We need to curb firings over profit%, in other words it's ok to make less profit and keep people employed, who will then turn around and buy products with this new job security behind them.

    That's it in a nutshell. Which party will be the first to lock out special interests, and change the way business is done? LOL, neither party will do that so we will never get out of this economic hole.

    September 6, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  17. kim

    I think the PRESS is out of touch! It is NOT flailing for the President to be offering other options to boost the economy – THAT is part of the President's job!

    If the President was doing nothing, then you clowns in the PRESS would be saying – he is ignoring the economy!

    I think the PRESS just likes drama – you in the press are always looking for some reason to attack the President.

    The President is working to try to find ways to continue growing the economy!

    Secondly, I would tell ED Henry to check his facts STRAIGHT if he is going to call himself a reporter – the FACT is, the Congressional Budget office report release this AUGUST 2010, states that the Stimulus Packages has created up to 3.3 MILLION JOBS!
    So the Stimulus Package HAS done its job successfully!


    September 6, 2010 at 6:35 am |