CNN Poll: 7 In 10 Voters Are Angry This Year

CNN Poll: 7 In 10 Voters Are Angry This Year

A new CNN/ORC poll released less than two weeks out from November’s election finds that the majority of voters are angry over the direction the country is headed and are opposed to Obama’s presidency.

As the days to Election Day count down, multiple polls across the country are trending toward the Republicans even in races that months ago no one thought could lean GOP, and this new CNN poll is no different in showing that trend.

The Republicans need to pick up six seats to take control of the Senate, and earlier in the year that prospect seemed remote. But now some analysts say that the GOP is competitive in as many as 10 Senate races.

The CNN poll portends bad news for Democrats hopeful of keeping their Senate majority.

The majority of respondents to the poll said that they were “very angry” (30%) or “somewhat angry” (38%) about the way things are going in the country. 31% said they weren’t angry.

CNN’s Polling Director Keating Holland pointed out that the 31% that is “very angry” is nearly identical to numbers seen when the GOP took control of the House of Representatives in 2010.

The poll also found a ten-point enthusiasm gap between the parties with 36% of Republicans saying they are highly motivated to vote while only 26% of Democrats say the same.

“That 10 point difference is certain to affect turnout and hurt Democrats’ chances in marginal districts,” Holland said about House races.

CNN also notes that all but one of the Senate races that could give the GOP the edge are in districts where Obama’s approval rating is underwater as far under 50%.

Obama has been spurned on the campaign trail by a growing number of Democrat candidates running for office, and questions abound if the President will sink his party at the polls next month.

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