October 22nd, 2013
05:04 PM ET
10 months ago

CNN Poll: GOP & tea party unfavorables at all-time highs

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll provides more evidence of the political hit the Republican Party, the tea party movement, and House Speaker John Boehner took over the government shutdown.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday, 64% of Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when CNN first asked the question. Only three in 10 say they hold a favorable view of the party.

Fifty-six percent say they have an unfavorable view of the tea party movement, another record high in CNN polling. Only 28% say they see the 4-year-old grassroots conservative movement in a positive light.

 The Democratic Party's 43%-51% favorable/unfavorable ratings are basically unchanged from late last month, just before the start of the shutdown.


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 The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, following the end of the 16-day government shutdown, which was sparked by a push by conservative Republican lawmakers in Congress to attach provisions dismantling or defunding the national health care law to must-pass bills to fund the government.

The Democratic-controlled Senate, with the backing of the White House, refused to consider any bills that weakened the Affordable Care Act, which is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. The standoff resulted in the first government shutdown in 17 years.

 Speaker Boehner's image takes hit

 Boehner told House Republicans at the end of the shutdown that "we fought the good fight. We just didn't win."

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 But the poll suggests he's not winning the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans. Boehner's unfavorable rating now stands at 55%, up from 48% in late September.

 "This is the first time the Speaker has been disliked by a majority of Americans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.  "Boehner's counterpart on the Senate side, Majority Leader Harry Reid, actually saw his unfavorable rating drop a bit in the aftermath of the shutdown."

 Boehner's favorable rating dropped nine percentage points among Republicans and eight points among conservatives.

 Cruz's favorable ratings tumble

 The poll indicates Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, who along with Reid negotiated the deal to end the shutdown, with a 23% favorable rating and a 42% unfavorable rating. McConnell's favorable rating is down four points from before the shutdown, with his unfavorable numbers up three points.

McConnell, who is up for re-election next year and is facing a conservative primary challenge, has a 41%-22% favorable/unfavorable rating among Republicans, but his numbers drop to 34%-36% among conservatives.

McConnell plunged 11 points among Republicans and ten points among conservatives since late last month.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was one of the ringmasters of the push to couple the dismantling Obamacare to funding the government, saw his favorable rating fall seven-points, to 23%, with his unfavorable rating jumping six-points to 42%. Cruz 's favorable rating dropped 12 points among Republicans and ten points among conservatives.

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 What about Hillary Clinton

 Hillary Clinton kept an extremely low profile during the shutdown crisis. Her ratings stand at 59%-37% in the new poll, basically unchanged from May, when CNN last asked Americans opinions on the former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful.

More than nine in 10 Democrats see Clinton in a favorable light, as do Independents by a 53%-42% margin, but more than seven in 10 Republicans have an unfavorable view of the former first lady and Senator from New York.

 The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International October 18-20, with 841 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Hillary Clinton • Republican Party • Tea Party • Ted Cruz
soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Boehner told House Republicans at the end of the shutdown that "we fought the good fight. We just didn't win."

    Well, that and it cost a whole lot of money. Twenty four billion dollars in just 16 days. One thing is for sure, when it comes to fiscal responsibility, GOPerville loves to talk a good talk.

    Walking the walk, though? I don't know. Can we say GOPerville has finally stopped crawling and is at least attempting baby-steps?

    October 22, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. LouAZ

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer, more deserving group of people.

    October 22, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. If I had a hammer... I'd whack you in the morning

    Dump the Tea

    October 22, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. brian

    I wonder if it has anything to do with CNN constantly talking about GOP's unfavorable ratings when Congress as a whole has terrible ratings.

    October 22, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. jeff6187

    Well let's face it. It's been a LONG time since we've had a group of alleged statesman have been so obvious about their utter lack of concern for the actual citizens of this country. I hope the realize that the poll is taken by a pool of the people they've committed to serving. Ok... so much for hope.

    October 22, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. rs

    Really? Is this a shock?

    * toss 800,000 into unemployment
    * close all the National Parks and National Monuments
    * Shutdown almost all agency websites and information databases
    * run up a staggering $24 billion in lost revenues, and shutdown affiliated costs
    * flirt with sending the nation into default
    *act like paying the bills for things Congress agreed to spend on is "irresponsible"
    * flirt with wrecking the economic recovery, driving up interest rates and more
    * parade about under enemy flags
    * accuse the President of "not negotiating" after you hold the American government hostage

    The GOP did this to themselves- any anger directed their way they completely deserve! Worse, they were told that this was precisely what would happen, but they went ahead with their shutdown, and when given the chance to back out of their disaster gracefully, voted almost entirely to commit the United States of America to default on its financial obligations.

    The GOP has no shame, and certainly no credibility on matters regarding economics. NONE!

    October 22, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Calcommuter

    And the Republican's latest beef? Because the Affordable Care Act website is less than successful in it's first weeks, that obviously means the law is a disaster and the Secretary of Health and Human Services should be fired! It's an IT problem folks. A badly handled one to be sure, but you dont fire the boss because of it. Oh there will be Republican Blue Ribbon witch hunts in the House, I mean Blue Ribbon panels, to get to the bottom of it.. Not.
    2014 is coming soon!

    October 22, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Dennis

    GOP shanks the economy and expects the public to be grateful.

    October 22, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    MORE totally dishonest propagandist lies from CNN........the media that is in the back pocket of Obama and the Democratic party.

    The media that blocks comments from the opposition, and the media that lies to the people.

    CNN, you are a DISGRACE to America, you are SUBVERSIVE, and you are traitors, to America, because you do NOT tell the truth about ANYTHING political.

    October 22, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Name carl

    The Donkey is going to kick the Elephants can in 2014.

    October 22, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Freedom Storm

    Buy Obamacare now !

    Act now and get a free set of steak knives.

    Operators are standing by to put you on hold.

    October 22, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. mjts993

    CNN is just beyond ridiculous. Keep hammering GOP when they are all we have to keep the Dems from just driving this country into a complete financial abyss.

    October 22, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    """“Make no mistake, I did not leave the Republican Party, it left me,” said Key, flanked by high-ranking Democrats. “My principles have led me to the Democratic Party, and my only hope is that more people of principle will follow me."""

    Google this guy – Carlo Key- and you will read what & why he's switching – They left him. He didn't leave them.

    October 22, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    As they should be.

    October 22, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. conrad

    The 'fiscally conservative' republicans & tea-partiers essentially gave 800,000 government workers a two and half week paid vacation using our tax dollars. Thier tactic of governing through crisis isn't working.

    October 22, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. tom l

    OMG! That's 2 stories out of 3 that are against repubs. Come on MSNBC lite. Can we talk about something else. I bet that they block my comment because I'm a conservative and CNN is against me!

    October 22, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Morons

    Good plan. Way to think it through. How's that working out for you now?

    October 22, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. asdf

    >. Only 28% say they see the 4-year-old grassroots conservative movement in a positive light.

    And that %28 would be the Tea baggers themselves. Funny around the same percentage of the American public believe in creationism.

    October 22, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    MORE totally dishonest propagandist lies from CNN........the media that is in the back pocket of Obama and the Democratic party.

    The media that blocks comments from the opposition, and the media that lies to the people.

    CNN, you are a DISGRACE to America, you are SUBVERSIVE, and you are traitors, to America, because you do NOT tell the truth about ANYTHING political.
    ___________________________________
    Whew, watch out son, yer gonna hurt yourself with that kind of language.

    October 22, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Larry in Houston

    """Boehner told House Republicans at the end of the shutdown that "we fought the good fight. We just didn't win"""

    He Had to Say that – what else is he going to say to his fellow comrades ? LOL – sort of like in Vietnam – even when we all were getting blown up, close to the swampland – – that medic copter came down in the nick of time – – the Lieutenant said : "we fought a good fight" ( even though we lost a few men) "but we didn't win"

    To be perfectly honest, Nobody won That Fight.

    October 22, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    brian
    I wonder if it has anything to do with CNN constantly talking about GOP's unfavorable ratings when Congress as a whole has terrible ratings.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well, that didn't take long. Of course it's the "librul media's" fault the rethug/tea bag toddler's approvals are so low. I mean, it couldn't possibly have anything to do with their constant bashing of the poor, the elderly, the sick, the non-whites, the non-males, or government employees, could it?

    October 22, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Shalomaleichem

    There’s bad news/good news in this CNN Poll for GOP congresspeople looking to win
    The bad news…CNN will lie to keep you from running—and the good news…it’s only CNN !!!

    October 22, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. betterdays

    I've got one vote and it will probably be "R" until I die, so you all are probably stuck with me for another 20 or 30 years. Heck, even if Hillary wins in 2016 it will be a 500% improvement over what we've got now. Anyhow, as long as I outlive Harry Reid, this suffering will all be worth it.

    October 22, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Stanton Allaben

    This is old news. We saw it all yesterday.

    October 22, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was one of the ringmasters of the push to couple the dismantling Obamacare to funding the government, saw his favorable rating fall seven-points, to 23%, with his unfavorable rating jumping six-points to 42%. Cruz 's favorable rating dropped 12 points among Republicans and ten points among conservatives."

    Begging the question: why does a guy with a 23% approval rating (shall I also include a so called polticial
    party – TeaParty to be exact) get 80% of CNNs print and air time devotion?

    October 22, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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