April 29th, 2009
10:32 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: GOP congressional leadership grade

Americans think the performance of the Republican leaders in Congress deserves a grade of C minus.
Americans think the performance of the Republican leaders in Congress deserves a grade of C minus.

(CNN) – A new national poll suggests that Americans think the performance of the Republican leaders in Congress deserves a grade of C minus.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Wednesday as the Obama administration marks 100 days in office, asked respondents to use a grading scale of A, B, C, D and F, where A is excellent and F is very poor.

Five percent of those questioned gave the Republican Congressional leadership an A, 23 percent a B, 39 percent a C, 19 percent a D and 14 percent a F. The grade averaged out to a C minus.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted April 23-26, with 2,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Rick danuser

    D

    April 29, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Carol Coulson

    I give the GOP Congressional leadership.....D

    April 29, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. John

    other one doesn't have a comment section. so this will do.

    F

    what leadership, they look like a couple of amateurs. Way to make the GOP the party of NO.

    April 29, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. chanell b jax fl

    f

    April 29, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    It is surprising that even with cnn having mostly a liberal democrat viewership that the grades on the poll aren't much better for the liberals

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. Steve D.

    A++++++++

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Linda32

    F for nothing but no!

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. liberal gal

    Okay CNN....I appricate you modesty with this one,but I think we should vote again,because I am positive that the grade for the NO party at best has to be a D- :)
    I would only say this because of the 83 percent with individual saying that they are happy with their votes.
    Hey but then again I am a supporter of the blue party:):)

    April 29, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Robin (FL)

    Although the Republicans lack good leadership, they at least are taking a step back and asking...do we really need to be spending all this money? Is this what the tax payers really want from us?

    They may be a bit disorganized, but at least they are standing up for what the tax payers put them in office for. Rather than continuing to blame others for the mess and just going on a spending spree. I mean..who cares how we got here and who is to blame...let's just fix it and do what is necessary to not let it happen again. Both parties..move forward already!!!

    April 29, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Robin in Tampa, FL

    The only thing the GOP leadership is good at is saying NO to everything.

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. M Nehrenz

    It is time to work together. It is disappointing to see the GOP behavior. I can't believe that not one of our GOP congressional leaders agrees with something the President is doing. I see no spirit of coming together at all! You are voting along party lines. Get a clue people. American's are no longer impressed by this behavior. Your memory's are also short-it doesn't seem the person you supported for the last 8 years did such a great job....

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Andrew-PV

    What does Eric Cantor mean about the GOP being for freedom - does he mean the Democratic Party is not? Give me a break

    And ask him about his flip flop on the super high speed rail which he derided last month and but now wants for his district.

    April 29, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. marilyn lemm

    Both GOP leaders seemingly take their orders from some national
    party mandate to " just sayb NO'.! What a waste for our great country.
    Theses two people appear not to care about the American people and the every day challenges from health care to educations to energy. Awful...

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    A. They'll be back in greater numbers in 2 years, and in the majority in 4 years, as the country sobers up from its' temporary case of Obama-Pop mania.

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Kim

    Bahner F+
    McConnel C+

    Pelosi D+
    Reid C+

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. james scott

    the gop is lost in space!!!! they got their heads in the clouds, not down with the american people they have used moral issues long enough i changed my party afilliation from gop to dem thank god my eyes are finally open other will be too!!!! the dem are for working class americans and the gop is for the wealthy!! the only word the gop knws are no and bash a prez that is finallyfocusing on the workers grade F for the gop

    April 29, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Debra

    There are times that saying 'No' is necessary. However, when the ARRA was before Congress, the Republicans should have lead the way in removing the earmarks and the pork if they really wanted to walk the talk. They should have insisted the U.S. made products and materials are the primary choices in every project that is to be undertaken.

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. RJSBI

    Most interesting. No one from the Administration gets to respond after viewers and your panelists grade President Obama, nor does the Democratic leadership. So please tell me why it is that the Republicans get the right to refute their C- rating almost as soon as the results are out of Wolf Blitzer's mouth?

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. Ken Johnson

    If they stay as the party of no. there party will never grow... short and sweat poetry.

    April 29, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. TXDave

    D Everytime they speak they sound like whiney crybabies!

    April 29, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. Janet Jones

    The republicans look like their lost and have lost their best friend, they have no solutions, no ideas, and their party is falling apart. I feel the republican party is just like a white country club, they are rich, arrogant, don't want anybody in that doesn't look like them. They want to stuff their so called morale values down everybody's throat, when they have no values themselves and only care about their kind.

    April 29, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Bob Whitford

    The Republican leadership is out of touch and delusional.

    April 29, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Jonathan Wald

    Nothing constructive, just hell bent on bashing Obama.Period. They will reap the just fruits of their bitter bellicose endeavors...

    April 29, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. Claudette Chin

    The current leadership of the Republican Party cannot transform the party.At this time keeping the base very happy makes no sense. The party has to devise a strategy to reach out to independents and moderate democrats.The base will always come home. They have no where else to go. New smart leadership is required

    April 29, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. Dana H

    C as a moderate republican I can see that they are more scared to support even the issues where they agree with Obama than they are to oppose him.

    April 29, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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