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. 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 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 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. tom l

    @Vestor,
    Actually, it stands for TEA – Taxed Enough Already

    October 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Debra

    Why is CNN employees exempt from Obama Care?

    October 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. jullie

    @ Rick Mcdaniel yet you are here on this website complaining.......whatz wrong faux fox news won't let you comment on their website so you come here to cry......hehehehe

    October 23, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. carlos

    darrell issa to investigate the cracks at the capitol.......he doesn't deserve caps for his name.....what a complete............................ FILL THE BLANKS

    October 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -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....
    *************************************
    yes, funny how that works, especially when conservatives claim all kinds of mysterious fraud that never seems to materialize. Tell me, why is it that its ok for people to be without insurance and have to go to extraordinary lengths to prove they are eligible to vote when fraud has not tipped the scales in a national election since 1960? Why is it that you are ok with that? Oh, btw, congratulations on coming out as a conservative nutjob last night. You're like the uncle who cames out after denying you're a Bette Midler fan for years.

    October 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. dabble53

    Incredible numbers of unfavorable....and yet, who do you think will be re-elected?
    Stupid Americans....deserve what they get

    October 23, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. jullie

    @mjts993........guess you were asleep in 2000-2008 when your man Bush ran up debt with those 2 wars....and your group gop/teaparaty cost this country 24 BILLION in just 16 days with the SHUTDOWN......selective memory for gop folks

    October 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Sonny

    I'm guessing the millions who have received insurance cancellation notices (300,000 in Florida alone), or the thousands of Hospital employees who lost their jobs recently, or the millions of Americans paying 3 x as much in Premiums (all a result of Obamacare), were not part of this Poll

    October 23, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    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...

    Indeed TeaPers did take over the Republican party, Wake Up. But it was ripe for the picking. I saw that a decade ago. As it is now, the GOP is not worth rebuilding. Perhaps this will change. But if GOPers can't stand on their ideology, they can't stand period. They've been hopelessly compromised and are not to be trusted.

    Not now. Not tomorrow. Not next year. The Grand Old Party is simply to weak to govern.

    October 23, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Leigh

    Texans love Cruz. Yep.

    Too bad the rest of the country don't, eh?

    October 23, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Paul Price

    "I don't condone cheating. But, I would sometimes spread misinformation.

    This is a great tactic.

    Misinformation can be very important."

    ----Sen. Rand Paul, Oct 17, 2013

    October 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Paul Price

    Healthcare dot gov was built by the same team who is doing the GOP's minority outreach.

    But the difference is, you can fix Healthcare dot gov.!!

    October 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Name Dee

    Why don't you poll likely voters? Isn't that the true test? I would like to see your sampling. I don't trust the validity or accuracy of this poll. Frankly I am annoyed at your constant spin for the left. Someone needs to drive some accountability here. How long would CNN stay in business with out of control expenses and no budget. Show some on sense here. The House needs to be concerned and drive accountability.

    October 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Dave Scoven

    To many (if not most) GOP supporters, one of the most appealing attributes of the GOP was the tightly organized, lockstep culture – a sort of "no nonsense" culture of top-down, zero-tolerance of renegades. Once it became clear that the GOP is a disorganized mess, fighting for its life against a Tea Party coup, all of that appeal is lost.

    October 23, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Lori

    The democrats purchased cooperation with money for Colorado and a bridge for mcconnell. Business as usual, nothing changed, nothing accomplished. More money wasted.

    October 23, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda
    Walking the walk, though? I don't know. Can we say GOPerville has finally stopped crawling and is at least attempting baby-steps?
    -------------------------------------------------
    We could but truthfully Lynda, we'd be lying.

    October 23, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Swedge70

    The real question is, what are those 3 in 10 (that approve of Republicans in Congress) smoking?

    October 23, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Michael

    Their is somthing wrong when a large group of people think they come from a monkey and at the same time- think there are no superior beings. Like God.
    If you are fearful of the person next door - your heart would fail– if you could see somthing far greater then yourself.
    I tell you the truth you are not the greatest and you are not alone .
    We are watching you. You cannot see us but we can see you.

    October 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. ghostwriter

    Christopher, you are incorrect. The shutdown happened well before that was even an "option".

    The senate passed a bi-partisan bill that Boehner refused to allow the house to vote on. Even though enough republicans supported the bill to get it passed. Republicans own yet another government shutdown.

    October 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. jullie

    @ Marie MD.....ain't that the TROOF I live in Maryland...........it was the worst for me hated the entire 16 days...seemed longer glad it over.......do you think we will be shut down again in Jan. ...........I hope not

    October 23, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. Ted who?

    @ christopher: so just give the tea party what they want and they'll do what they should??? no wonder their poll numbers are in the toilet.....

    October 23, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Searcher

    The TEA-GOP is realizing that is is a SMALL SLICE of the American Public. and BTW, the REST of the AMERICAN PUBLIC is really MAD at you jerks for trying to cram down your policies on the rest of us!

    October 23, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. jim

    There are a lot of Texans that don't like Cruz as well. Get a clue.

    October 23, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Ted who?

    @Lenny V: spoken like a true fox news acolyte.....it's obvious that you got the talking points memo.....

    October 23, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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