October 22nd, 2013
05:04 PM ET
11 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. Hogan's Goat

    Put me down for never voting Republican again. I find I can't trust them to do what's best for America any more.

    October 23, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. libertyislost

    Haha. I love reading these message boards. Ok, Sheep, Obamacare is a huge success. Yes dictator obama, whatever you and your propaganda news outlets say. I guess we should all sign up for the unaffordable care and double are rates. Morons. All of you.

    October 23, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. Jay

    If the Media were to put the spotlight on Harry Reid, people would see how he is the one obstructing the Congress, as well as being a Dictator in the Senate.

    October 23, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  4. RandyIA

    This poll pretty means nothing. In most cases, voters think, congress sucks except for my representative. Since it's the local races that count, the national poll really doesn't mean a lot.

    October 23, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  5. scott

    In my opinion the speaker of the house should have nothing at all to do with a shutdown decision. It makes no sense to me. I am appaled at any member of any party deciding to do this and risking citizen's income. This is out of line. I sugggest eliminating any political party and have representatives on their own to represent themselves. There is much too much compitition concerning those things nessesary to support and protect we the people.

    October 23, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. Denise

    Come on now, "liberal lamestream media" polls mean nothing. Only the President Romney polls count!

    October 23, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. teaparty days are numbered

    The biggest problem the teaparty has is they actually believe that they can repeal the emansipation proclamation and that will straighten out the ills of the U.S.A.

    October 23, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. pubesrtoast

    republicans are not adapting to changing demographics, a trait that leads to extinction.

    October 23, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. W.G.

    Well they asked for it . They invited the tea party racists into their party and they villified Women , veterans
    the poor , gays and minorities ! What do you expect ??

    October 23, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Hogan's Goat

    "That's how Hitler got power in Germany and Franco staged coup to steal Spain. " Suddenly, Godwin's Law has become awfully convenient for the T-Party. Can we bring up Hitler when they all grow toothbrush mustaches, or do we have to wait until they suggest a Final Solution . . .

    October 23, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Jerry

    Of course keep in mind this poll is posted on the communist news network that believes anyone that wants the goverment to have a balanced budget is a fringe radical

    October 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  12. BADGUY

    The top .1% see their hold on American politics & economics slowly losing ground...and they're starting to panic. This mad drive to shut down, and even imasculate, the federal government, may be their last gasp. The top .1% are desperate. They will do ANYTHING to regain power. THE PROBLEM IS: Americans are FINALLY starting to figure out their agenda.

    October 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. BADGUY

    The Koch Brothers are worth 68 Billion. The corporations they own stand to gain 100 Billion in revenues if the Keystone Oil pipeline is approved by Congress. NO WONDER the Tea Party is pushing for it!

    October 23, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. Wake up People!

    I wish people would stop acting like the Tea Party went undercover and infiltrated the GOP. They did not. The GOP welcomed them with open arms, but as usual they didn't think it through and the Tea Party took over.

    You lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. They needed the Tea Party and their followers to spread their hate against the POTUS.

    May they rot in peace.

    October 23, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. B. Boneil

    A poll that is conducted among less than 1,000 people (as this one was) and without knowing any details of those surveyed, such as the number of Dems vs. Rep., or even the state(s) involved .... is not worthy of being on a major website. Anyone who takes such a poll seriously is deceiving themselves. Remember folks ... polls can produce desired results, based on who was asked and how questions were presented. The truth is a whole lot of people dont't even know who the Vice President is, let alone Senators or Representatives. We are one dumbed-down nation when it comes to knowing about those who are making decisions for our lives, and that is not a good omen for our future.

    October 23, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  16. Kinard

    It's a safe bet they'll try some kind of dog and pony show, to get the voters to forget their actions. For many of us it's just not going to work, so good luck with that.

    October 23, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. Ron in SC

    The GOP supported the Tea Party faction all through this debacle and to say that the Tea Party and GOP is not the same thing is ridiculous. They can all sink together!

    October 23, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  18. Shim

    What about Harry Reid's favorable/unfavorable rating in the CNN poll?

    My recent poll gave the Dems and Reid a 3% favorable rating with a margin of error at 2.3%. The Republicans had a 70% favorable and a 96% probability of reelection.

    October 23, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    It amazes me how people complain about CNN being Obama's network. That's insane. If CNN were so pro-Obama why are there many stories painting him in a bad light whether he deserves it or not? You people are pathetic. CNN at least makes attempts to appear fair and balanced, unlike Fox. Which I bet NONE of you complain about their anti-Obama rhetoric 24/7. If you don't like CNN and you think the POTUS runs them then go to the Fox website where you surely won't be disappointed.

    You will never have to worry about THEM treating the POTUS fair.

    October 23, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. Janet

    I just hope that people remember this next year. I, for one, will always remember Ted Cruz's sillybuster and Boehner giving a fist pump of victory to the GOP house for standing their ground. As for the ACA, as a nurse who has had to deal with the private insurance companies (got cancer? tough – you don't "fit their criteria" to cover needed treatments) I applaud the ACA. It didn't go far enough but it's long overdue.

    October 23, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. tom l

    So let's see here. To a liberal it's too difficult to get an ID to vote but there shouldn't be any issues with getting insurance; even if the website that is the supposed conduit to obtaining insurance doesn't work so well....

    October 23, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Missy

    Interviews with 841 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on October 18-20, 2013, so 841 people speak for the entire nation...someone failed their college stats class

    October 23, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. christopher

    If the democrats in the senate would have agreed to accept the Affordable Care Act for themselves and their staff members, then the government would never have been shut down, but the Reid would not allow this debate on the senate floor. This shut down belongs to rest on the shoulders of BOTH parties!

    October 23, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. vester

    TEA=terrorize every American

    October 23, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Jo Se

    Why don't you poll the voters of Texas?

    Texasans love Cruz.

    October 23, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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