October 22nd, 2013
05:04 PM ET
6 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. smith

    Sly-Good times here for America! Lowest unemployment in 20 years. Record Stock Markets. Killed Bin Laden. Health Care for 48 million who were. priced out by Big Insurance.---------------------------–From 2000-2010 a few times the unemployment rate was below 5%. Right now the rate is 7.2%. Job creation is weak and economy is awful. Good times here for America! Not so!

    October 22, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. srcactus

    The majority dislike the party that went on record against Obamacare because the majority disliked Obamacare. Go figger?
    Are we a confused society or what?

    October 22, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Bay O. Net

    So, 64% of Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, an all-time high. What does it say about our nation that, despite this unfavorable rating, the experts say the GOP remains poised to keep its majority in the 2014 House elections because of the GOP's structural advantage from the gerrymandering of congressional district boundary lines?

    October 22, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Seola

    And yet – no numbers for Obama who is at an all-time low? What about other Dem leaders – also at an all-time low? No, we'll just pick out the GOP people. Because we can't possibly put up the numbers that show BOTH parties at low points.

    October 22, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Seola

    Yet – no numbers for Obama who is at an all-time low? What about other Dem leaders – also at an all-time low? No, we'll just pick out the GOP people. Because we can't possibly put up the numbers that show BOTH parties at low points.

    October 22, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. asdf

    Shouldn't the headline be the % of the population that is old white and angry is at a 20 year low?

    October 22, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. CNN is Amaaaaaazing!!

    The sample size for this survey is 900 people. Seeing as there are over 300,000,000 people in the US, this poll is representing about .003% of the US, GREAT REPORTING CNN!

    October 22, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. normal america

    20 year low,,,duh ya think.
    !

    October 22, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Americans are fickle....remember only a few years ago when the Democrats got slammed (2010)? Well now it's Republicans turn. It will be the Democrats turn soon enough, which is the politician's plan all along. Keep the public interested, and thinking of us as relevant.

    October 22, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. CNN is Amaaaaaazing!!

    Tony:

    I hope you realize the Republican Party and the Tea Party are NOT the same thing.

    October 22, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. jiminfl

    Tea Party will destroy GOP but not u.s.a. 2014 will wipe it out.

    October 22, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Ted

    MSN, at one time, had difficulty hiding their liberal bias. Seems like CNN is now taking the lead. This news organization seems obsessed with doing what it can to sway or otherwise influence opinion with their relentless focus on the GOP and their imminent demise. Maybe public opinion polls can accurately reflect the pulse of the electorate, maybe it's just another way for the media to try to tell the public how to think. Are we after a one party system? Personally, I like choices and left or "more left" is not a good choice.

    October 22, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Will Mumma

    Since Congress and the White House have only a few months to agree on a budget deal, CNN should have a weekly segment talking about the progress/lack of progress in working out a deal that week. This should put some light on the process and maybe motivate both sides to make real, steady progress instead of just playing chicken with the federal budget (and the US economy) when the clock is about to run out.

    October 22, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Lucky Reed

    I find it very interesting that most visitors of this site are still so enamored by Obama and I am assuming the mainstream media. If you actually look at what the President has started is kind of sad that your blind allegiance to a political view obstructs what the POTUS has actually done. He forced through a bill (that was actually a "TAX") where every American is required to sign up for and purchase a product. .A product that apparently is more expensive and actually inferior in terms of coverage. And then he exempts himself, Congress, the Unions, and corporations. And now we are all required to give the government ALL of our medicals records and which can be used by "authorities" and "investigative committees". How does that even make sense to you all?

    October 22, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Sen. Ted Cruz was greeted by a screaming crowd of supporters and cheers of "Thank you Ted!" and "Welcome Home!" Monday night in Texas.

    "It is terrific to be back in America," said Cruz as supporters waved homemade signs promoting.
    =========

    Yet in the real world , Ted Cruz 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.

    October 22, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. g

    I find it funny that every time Obama gets bad press a new poll comes out about how bad people feel about Republicans. Can you guys come up with a new play book. Its boring

    October 22, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Fred Wipple

    Reading these comments...Jesus we are in a world of hurt.

    The constant blame of the other side...Everyone acts like this is some sort of sporting event and only sides with their teams, no matter who is wrong of who is right. Face reality people and remove your heads from your asses. They are all to blame, (wait for it)....even the beloved president and the demo's. Believe it or not.

    I can't really wait for more and more of you to lose your jobs and get your beloved "affordable" health care. You will get all you deserve and I will continue to read all your ignorant comments and think how stupid this country really has become.

    I'm all for splitting the US right down the middle. All you demo's can share each others money until you run out, while the rest of us live peacefully and laugh at you.

    October 22, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. Name

    Who cares , I hope Obama could run for third term then Americans would immigrate to Mexico to work there, go Obama go,,,
    Obama is American Gorbachev ,,

    October 22, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Ctrygrl

    This is not terribly surprising, the trick is to turn this into votes. If the house once again follows Cruz and Boehner once again bows to the crazies, you will see the exact same fight reenacted with another shutdown. One might hope this would give Boehner and the saner republicans in the house the guts to crush the tea party but I very much doubt it, we will be right back here in January and February.

    October 22, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. Mike

    Threatening our economy and credit rating because the majority of the country does not believe in your failed policies is no way to win hearts and minds.

    October 22, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. DaveW

    I'm a Republican. I volunteered during Reagan's first race (remember, "It's morning in America!"). I am now embarrassed when I remember some of my anti-democrat rhetoric. I voted Obama in the last election because I just can't stand the extreme positions taken by the radical religious white-right. In my opinion, Obama has done a fine job too. He's actually a conservative thinker in many respects and I like how he's slow to commit us to new fruitless military engagements. Obamacare? Geez, I need it and I love it. I actually signed up on the first day and I haven't any of the problems that all the others are talking about. I can hardly wait until it kicks in and I can actually go to the Doctor again, lol.

    October 22, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Mike

    In the meantime, the GOP continues with their strategy of self destruction! Ignoring the polls, ignoring reality, they continue to march themselves into oblivion!

    October 22, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Bill Davis

    Obama sure got the shut down signs out fast, and even paid his people to stay home.

    Yes I blame the Rep Cons they planed this. And even had signs ready

    October 22, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Ramon F Herrera

    There are THREE kinds of Republicans:

    • One group is busy spreading hatred

    • Another group is busy denying that the first group exists

    • The 3rd. group is Colin Powell

    Don't believe me? Check by yourself: Just scroll up & down. Go to ANY Internet forum.

    October 22, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Pete

    They are always specific about the republicans, but never details about the dems. But then, that the way the media is today. So one sided and certainly not unbiased.

    October 22, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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