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. Durundal

    Everyone recognize that the tea party came into power when we tried to throw the 'institutionalized bums' out. Now we brought in more folksy yokels who have no clue what they are doing and look whats been happening in congress. Next election vote the tea party out and lets start getting our government functioning properly again

    October 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. KLARGAR

    To lenny V you are a micro encephalic imbecile like the rest of the TEA TARDS, so you want another civil war with 600,000 dead Americans, some patriot you are. Do us all a favor and snuff yourself first.

    October 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. JustAnotherBigotFullaChristianHate

    The TeaParty, from this point forward needs to be asked one question .... What Revenue increases will you accept to make up the 24 BILLION DOLLARS you cost MY Country .... before you pretend to be concerned with economies and people in the country, you have to actually Care about the economy .. and people in this country ... you were TOLD for months that shutting the government down would shut down everything BUT the affordable care act ... but you're just too angry at having a black president re-elected to care about what the ramifications to the country is when engaging in these traitorous follies ... if you look up the term sedition, you can almost envision the republican faces engaged in this act ... .. and if the teal party hates this country sooo much.. go to China and breath in some fresh smog from one of the MANY coal plants you admire they have so much ...

    October 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Debbie

    It wasn't a "good fight". It was a stupid fight guaranteed to hurt pretty much everyone in the U S.

    October 23, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. GOPsucks

    fire every last one of the GOP. They don't have American's interests at heart and therefore shouldn't be elected. They should be deported permanently. Send them to Iraq with a sign that says I hate Al Queida. Let's see how long they last. I give it 10 minutes.

    October 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. JDL

    @Jo Se
    If Texas likes Raphael Ted Cruz so well , keep him in Texas !
    Maybe you can get him a job selling cars for Tesla.

    October 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Denise

    Forget the Tea Party; shall we say "Whine and Cheese" party.........

    October 23, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Denise

    Speaking of ummmmmm, 'small government', where were all of these folks during the Shrub recession and Bush Wars? Take Texas for example, it has the most uninsured, gun toting bible thumpers. Wouldn't the ACA help them the most?

    October 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Bubba

    The Party of No, gotta GO!

    October 23, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. abnguy

    The numbers will change when the people see what a debacle the administration has made of rolling out Obamacare. Other issues will mount like the number of people not signing up is not enough, the number of Ill and older persons will outnumber the healthy ones by a 50 to 1 margin when the model this is based on is a 3 to 1 margin. The left is in trouble next year. I'll bet the president will propose the year extension the GOP was asking for within a month.

    October 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. greg

    What do them mean when they say the American people want ........ These guys are so full of bs its pathetic

    October 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Jack33

    Best news I've heard in a long time!

    October 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Denise

    Memo to GOP, pick your battles. You are losing the WAR!

    October 23, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. John

    Republicans need to understand that with today's technology more and more poeple are actually paying attention to what they are doing. Thanks for costing us 20 billion bucks over this nonsense. Get everything settled before the 6 weeks are up or you can all kiss your jobs goodbye. Not just Boehner.

    October 23, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. crabapples12

    Another poll to divide the citizenry and get them bickering among themselves. Meanwhile, still nothing gets done in Washington on either side of the aisle. Business as usual for the mainstream media. I have read so many posts that people want a 3rd party option. The answer is to get rid of parties altogether and vote on the platform and merits of the individual seeking office. Till then we will continue to watch media and special interest turn every real world complex issue into the latest World Wrestling match with just as much fake drama.

    October 23, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Tom1940

    And 841 "folks" speak for 320-million Americans? Right!!!!! Sounds like the phone lines got crossed and went directly to the DNC and Wasserman-Schultz was in charge of the answers to the questions! Yup! The GOP took a big hit on their gamble. However the Congress in passing out a "ton" of bills to end this fiasco, met with a solid wall of Democrat Senator Opposition and the "dark hole of Harry Reid's Desk", (where those bill sat with no Senate Action Permitted), Where is the "blow back" from the Media and Government Critics on Harry and Barack's conspiracy to stop government cold and "not negotiate" about anything, anytime, any where during this crisis. Amazing! 2/3rds of the Government gets a pass – and the House and GOP gets mauled. Thank you CNN and the rest of Media. As the "unofficial" cheer leaders for the Obama Administration, you are doing a great job.

    October 23, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Rudolph

    The Tea Party is not the cause of the government slowdown. It is the result of a reckless history of spending and government expansion far far beyond Constitutional bounds. A government operating for 5 years under no budget constraints is a blaring alarm as to what's going on. Conservatives were simply and desperately trying to stop the insanity, the impending trainwreck already beginning in front of us.
    The size and scope of government is increasing exponentially . To feed the Leviathan more and more of the individuals private property must be taken in exchange for Ponzi scheme promises of security. Relying on government for healthcare (which is clearly this path) is a huge mistake that we will all suffer under with no where to turn.
    Most commenting here cannot or do not care to understand it or simply want the current benefits while "someone else" pays for it.

    October 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. george cook

    WHAT do you EXPECT from a CNN based biased Mainstream Media Poll....correct! The GOP is not falling apart and you will soon see the results of its solidarity in the 2104 Mid Term Elections for SURE

    October 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Name

    Haa wow a cnn poll showed this.....um how's democrats looking today

    October 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Name

    The president should have negotiated with tea party since all they wanted was:
    All Americans exempt from obamacare just like the exemption this president gave to over 1200 businesses
    ..that the income verication on website like it is supposed to be , since the bill is subsidized based on income this is probably good idea
    ...stop the $69 per employee tax to business owners who offer insurance to their employees

    October 23, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Denise

    Dittoheads and tea party clowns are always citing polls. How'd those President McCain and Romney polls work out for you? Speaking of simple math, even more folks voted for DEMS in the House in November, 2012.....

    October 23, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Name

    At this point republicans should just let obamacare ruin itself and when the 7 million people quota not reached start the repeal process in the next debt limit negotiations. Start off with we told you do America .....

    October 23, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    For all of you complaining about the poll, I guarantee you the Fox poll says something completely different. If you don't believe me ask President Romney. And Karl Rove.

    Unfreekingbelievable.

    October 23, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Denise

    Poor, poor GOP and tea party.....playing the victim again. CNN is attacking them again!

    October 23, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Name

    Why aren't the liberals at the White House protesting the no bid contract to a Canadian software company that did the work for obamacare...,we don't have any American software companies?

    October 23, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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