October 22nd, 2013
05:04 PM ET
12 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. Denise

    Don't you have a radio dial to turn? Maybe one of these days, you'll get the honor of speaking to a great American patriot, Boss Hogg....

    October 23, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Raj

    I am still worried that 28% see Tea Party in a favorable light. That is 28% extremist, that even Islam does not have. Even Islamic terrorist are a much smaller minority. That is dangerous for our country and the World.

    October 23, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. balls

    The only reason the GOP numbers and The Tea Party Numbers are at an all time low are because the Left is doing a great job of beating propaganda into your indoctrinated head. If you think the Dems are for the middle class and the Reps are for the rich you are a puppet. If you think socialism, communism, collectivism or what ever you want to call is better then you are a low informed voter. everything comes at a cost. If don't think the debt is an issue, go rack up as much debt as you can, spend all your money and save none of it and see where you end up. You are not entitled to another persons hard work.

    October 23, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Name

    I wish a liberal would explain why it was ok for this president to give a no bid contract to a software company from Canada?

    October 23, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Quixote

    Same small minority of people who were saying bush was doing a good job in the last four years of his residency......

    October 23, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Quixote

    It is funny that whenever reporters tell the truth about the gop the reaction of that 28% wh support the gop is that it is not the truth that it is problem, it is the reporter. It is like blaming the package label for the fact that bacon has fat in it.

    October 23, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Rick

    It seems as though anyone who has the sand to say they reject sodomy , gets dumped on by this administration and all their minions. I suggest they read, Lev, 20:13

    October 23, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Denise

    Back to Plan Z for the GOP clown car!

    October 23, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. dfnj

    Why should any country with a HUGE trade imbalance be able to use our roads, bridges, and infrastructure without paying a dime for the upkeep? We need to slap a tariff on every container coming into this country determined and proportioned by the imbalance of trade.

    I don't think the American worker should be forced to subsidize their own poverty.

    October 23, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. popnvtec

    They all need to go, both parties! Ben Carson for President!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Mark in Seattle

    The gop saying "We fought the good fight" says it all. There was nothing good about it. The demise of the goptp can not come soon enough.

    October 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. popnvtec

    The Liberal media at its best!!!

    October 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. oldsarg@rushmore.com

    When the media and the socialist/progressives continually blame Constitutionalist, Tea Party and Republicans for all the Nations woes of course the polls start to turn aginast those asking the Coonstitition to be followed.

    October 23, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    Rudy....
    I love your GOTP ( Group of twisted psychos) but do you mind if I tweak it a little?? How about Gang of twisted psychos)?

    October 23, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Scott Mcardle

    CNN...... THe obamaNetwork.... these polls are nothinh, this will be forgotten by next year. Like the way CNN is covering Obamacare, very carefully..... they are MSNBC.

    October 23, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Name

    They should have held the line. No more debt limit increases. Force the government to balance its budget.

    October 23, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. sly

    The debt was always a fake issue for lying Republicans – including every Republican blogging here.

    Under Bush, y'all voted 100% to increase the Debt EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW.

    Nope, this ain't about the Debt. It was always about 2 words: Black Skin.

    If you are a Republican, and you don't think you are lying through your teeth – explain supporting the Bush debt increases. Come one, I'm waiting.

    October 23, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Mancee Grayce

    Tea party = Taliban. Shut down everything, but don't inconvenience ME! "Special needs" children could govern this corrupt empire more effectively.

    October 23, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Hikertom

    I hope the GOP suffers big losses at the polls next year.

    October 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Denise

    28% see Boss Hogg, Snooki, the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo and Paris Hilton in a positive light too!

    October 23, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Denise

    WOW, I didn't know liberals and DEMS had that much power! The power of propaganda and indoctrination!

    October 23, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Denise

    It must be a stressful time for Rush! The holidays are almost here, the tea party dog and pony show was a bust and Obama is still president. Let's hope he doesn't eat too many donuts or take too many drugs to ease the pain. Wifey # whatever might leave him!

    October 23, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. GSmith

    This all well and good. HOWEVER, the American public have very short memories. By the time the election comes up this will all be forgotten and forgiven. UNLESS, Congress invents yet another crisis. Which is likely. We'll just have to wait and see.

    October 23, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Denise

    I wonder if they're hearing voices in their heads still! Say it ain't so Rush!

    October 23, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. TomGI

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

    The tea party is NOT a grassroots movement. Get educated people and learn what they really are and who calls the shots.

    October 23, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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