October 22nd, 2013
05:04 PM ET
1 year 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. Anonymous

    I am confused. People hold a favorable view of the TEA Party?

    October 22, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. peoples choice

    If I was as low in the polls as the Repukelicans I would try to keep a low profile. The only thing the GOP should run for is the map room to see how to get out of town as quickly as they can.

    October 22, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  3. Engineer in Raleigh

    Say hello to another president Clinton, you right-wing clowns. Oh, that's right... It's a left-leaning poll. Expect another big left-leaning poll in November of 2016.

    October 22, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Mike

    lotta phony outrage out there

    October 22, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    If cruz & company shuts down the gov't again in Jan or Feb, and holds this country hostage, like he done the last few weeks, and cost this country Billions, and he refuses to pay the bills that congress has already incurred, he will completely destroy his party to smithereens. Ask Larry Sabato, he's got a PHD in Politics, and is a professor of that University in Virginia. Ask him, he'll tell you the same thing that I just said in this post. He said on O'Reilly, that IF Cruz holds things up in Jan or Feb, when November 2014 rolls around, Congress will be completely Democratically controlled. And when this happens, Obama will be able to do what he wants. (and I don't blame him)

    October 22, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. Texas

    Oh the Republicans haven't seen anything yet.

    October 22, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. dave

    it would only be news if the polls says people still view GOP favorably on a CNN poll, after weeks of unfavorable coverage on CNN.

    October 23, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. D

    Seems like some here have a short memory. Go back 3 years ago. The health care was signed by a Democrat government. The tea party was in response to that law. Much like how the British taxed the colonies for tea, stamps what have you. Regardless if they did not use goods or services. All for the guise of funding Britain. The government shutdown was 15%. Numbers ranged from 64 million to 24 billion potentially lost before shutdown. But some on here are KoolAid drinkers. BTW the deregulation of the housing market was signed into law by Clinton

    October 23, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. Observer

    All what the Democratic Party needs to do for winning majority in the House next year is to remind to Americans what kind of lunatics are in control of GOP. Some good TV advertising next year with reminders of the irresponsible acts of GOP taking anarchists positions in the shutdown will send Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and the the rest of Karl Roven, Koch Brothers, and FOX News to the swamps.

    October 23, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  10. Michael Benjamin

    GOP & tea party unfavorables at all-time highs.

    As they should be.

    October 23, 2013 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  11. Steve Allard

    The GOP was always a little crazy, but they were smart enough in the past to hide it until after the elections. Now they wear "crazy" proudly for all to see. Not a great strategy but at least you know what you're getting up front.

    October 23, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  12. Greg

    Gee, a CNN poll that concludes the GOP and Tea party are bad? They must have had a 100% of their hundred or so viewers participate in the poll!

    October 23, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  13. Gary

    Where will the Tea Party take the GOP?

    October 23, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  14. Lenny V.

    If Americas greatness is measured by how one party has to "comprimise " and get into the "mainstream" of political correctness, than greatness would not be the mark this country would achieve. It amazes me just how easy you liberals believe anything that comes out of the Democrats mouths and I include the "get along" RINOS that sell out the conservative majority in this country. Qbama is an abysmal failure. He's failed to deliver on jobs, he's failed to deliver on moving forward on race relations as that is his card to use on those who see him as the communist he is, he's failed on healthcare, on Syria, and most notably, Benghazi. It wasn't him who nailed Bin Ladin, it was the Navy Seals, warriors that he and the Democrats turned their backs on during the shutdown. He has destroyed any chance of getting the votes of folks who believe in God and attend churches and all this will come back to hurt liberals in 2014. We are in the midst of a cold war of sorts, a civil war that could turn hot if the liberal progressives continue to step on the necks of those people who are TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY. That can happen as it happened before and that was a rather nasty conflict. There were no real winners in that war but to you liberals who are so willing to give up your freedoms for politcal correctness would do well to hope that the conflict goes no further than the ballot box.

    October 23, 2013 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Deos 591 out of over 300M seem like a large enough sampling size? Also 30% Dem 20% Repub and 50% Independants or other party affiliations. What do we know of the other party affiliation? Were they all from the communist party?

    October 23, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty terrorists don't believe in polls. FoxLies polls only. No FoxLies lite polls from CNN will do.
    Everything is fine in their echo chamber of lies and hate. Rapheal Cruz is a hero after he fleeced them.

    October 23, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  17. nothingbutsurrender

    CNN is working hard with their anti-tea party and GOP headlines now. I have never seen such one sided reporting as I have over the last fewcweeks. Stories sound like commentaries.

    October 23, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  18. sifto

    josh–i assume you mean the democrats

    October 23, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  19. Jerry

    I's natural for people to be dis satisfied with the ones who tell them the unpopular truth that they do not want to hear.
    That's still doesn't make it go away..

    October 23, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  20. sifto

    Obama will eventually be forced to do what he could have done to avoid shutdown–delay mandate for one year–and you libs blame repubs?–they are the ones who knew what would happen with AFC..amazing..

    October 23, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  21. Maripil

    It is not surprising that the tea party and the GOP are at all time low! This party are the most destructive of any party in memory!!

    October 23, 2013 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  22. Maripil

    The GOP should start packing their bags!! They will all be booted out in 2014!!

    October 23, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  23. obvious

    A world wide news report on the popularity of the country's leaders based on 841 surveys? Really? ?

    October 23, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  24. captcaps

    Have never in my life seen so many Republicans so proud of being so stupid, ignorant and disfunctional....Smile ,Take A bow, and do the right thing for this great Country of ours, resign your positions and leave our Government you are not fit to rule..... The Tea Party and the Republican Mob of Slobs must Gooooooooooooo!!! ....Charles Bowen solomon Stone

    October 23, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  25. Joe

    So, "WHO" decided to OUTSOURCE the Health Care programming for the website in a non-competitive bidding process?

    How MUCH MONEY did "THEY" send across the border, and HOW MUCH MORE MONEY are "THEY" going to have to spend across the boarder to correct the mistakes and utter mis-management of the project?

    Now "THEY" are suddenly not ruling out delaying the individual mandate.... which at least to me was they only decent and fair thing I heard proposed during the shut-down, and it never even got considered for discussion???

    Say what you want, but I'm not liking the "status quo" very much at this point!

    October 23, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
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