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. GARY

    What is wrong with this picture? The REP try to stand up for the job creation sector and get called greedy. Then they try and calm it down for media and get called weak. When we all are roiting in the streets then it will be said they should have tried harder. Obama and the media is the ruling groups I say get ready for 2016 and when everyone that has to pay more wake up ,then job creation will start and the middle class may have a fighting chance.

    October 22, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. MZ

    If you look at the poll, they interviewed a little more than 800 people, most of them on a land line. 800 people is a fair representation of the country? And who still has land lines? Don't trust polls, never have and never will. The pollsters make them say whatever they want them to say.

    October 22, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. EldRick

    Boy, cnnocratic is certainly going to milk this story for all it's worth, and a lot more. Try balanced news some day, maybe?

    October 22, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. celia

    It's like the GOP brain cells has failed to realized that the majority of people did NOT vote for them therefore we do not like or support their agenda.

    This alone says they are clueless...and yet they wonder why they keep losing.

    October 22, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. jonline

    Republicans must be sent from power to understand we expect our leaders to get along.

    October 22, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Shelley

    Duh ... this is news? The GOP has always been at my all-time low rating.

    October 22, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Sonny

    Yeah whatever...another month of Obamacare and this won't be the case

    October 22, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Doc

    This is deliberate. The Tea Party is in a move to take over the GOP.

    October 22, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. craigorie

    The real Republicans should kick the nut cases out of the party and maybe we can put the word "grand" back into the GOP.

    October 22, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    So obviously the American public is not as stupid as the t people are. Cant wait for 2014. Speaker Steny Hoyer will lead the House and get things done!

    October 22, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. shawn l

    Unfortunately its not an election year, hence why they had the eggs to pull what they did.

    October 22, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. anonymous

    And yet these idiots cheered Boehner with thunderous applause after they gave up this absurd attempt to destroy our country's credit rating. Something about Nero playing the fiddle as Rome burns...

    October 22, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. jaackblack

    haha 70% of Republicans can't stand Hillary, but CNN instead uses 7 out of ten to confuse dumb Americans. Notice all the numbers that make Republicans look bad are in percentages. Just one small step for stupidity....

    No one likes Hillary CNN!

    October 22, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Bob

    The republican party basically represents ideology-driven, low mentality losers and wealthy business people and corporations who manipulate them. It used to be a party that featured integrity and principle. Back in 1960's, had I wanted a good fair-minded political discussion, I would have engaged a republican, as the left was driven by ideology and slogans. Now, it's just the opposite. Too bad. We need progressive voices and conservative voices. But, mostly we need intelligent and well educated people, and these are becoming very difficult to find here in America.

    October 22, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. amlcpamaine

    There is a vast difference between cleverness and wisdom. The GOP "leadership" (gag) is too clever by half and shows no wisdom at all. In past, their leaders were dedicated public servants. Now, they have no one that we'd consider "public servant." Instead they're tools for their 1%-er puppeteers. And their behavior? ... constantly taking the clever angles to politicize everything and point blame at anyone who doesn't abide by their principles. Clever clever clever to dump all over the ACA enrollment process but not one bit of wise thinking about what's good for the country overall.

    October 22, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Are you kidding me?

    The GOP do not care about polls. They care about getting funds from special interest groups and PACS. As a registered Republican who thinks rationally I am disgusted with the party and I plan to make sure my vote counts to ensure I put my vote to pols who put their constituents above the party line of obstruction.

    Time for civility to return and this needless childish behavior to end.

    October 22, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Hector Slagg

    Good Lord,
    I am totally amazed of just how stupid people are. Ignorance Abounds thruout the land. After only 100 years of Big Liberal Politics you would think everything was fixed and running smoothly. So, half-wits, what happened? You want everything on a Silver Platter but you want someone else to pay for it. Go Fry your Ass. Jobs will continue to be scarce, business will stay off shore and you will be living off food stamps. I keep thinking some of you will wise but I can see it is going to take a little longer.

    October 22, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Veritas

    Great news! And yes, hopefully the GOP will conclude that they are simply not crazy enough and keep putting forth lunatics like Ted Cruz and other misanthropic fascists.

    October 22, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Ro L.

    America hates any kind of outside-of-the-box thinking. Washington's democrat and republican hacks do not want anyone who thinks differently than they do – and they are really both the same thing. Any party that looks different, sounds different and has very different notions will be treated with great hostility and will be ridiculed. The haters hate those who are different more than anything else – throughout history , they always have. Skin color, religious preference, political ideology – all reasons for the hating haters to carry on. Washington wants liberty-minded individual to just shut up. There is no room in the USA for anything new. It's been over 200 years but that's not a very long time at all. American exceptionalism is dead – buried forever beneath a heap of uneducated, self-serving, sheep who just do not want change. After all, it would interrupt the suckling at the teat. It would require everyone to grow up.

    October 22, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Seth Hill

    I'm a Liberal, but I feel bad for the Conservatives. They seem to hate each other more than they hate us Liberals. I agree with them on one point: we have to get spending under control. Sure, as a Liberal I want to help the poor, the sick, the elderly. But I realize we can't keep giving away $ we don't have. So if the Tea Party could somehow keep trying to make reasonable demands that we balance our budget, I could support that.

    October 22, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Art

    Ahh, the Grand Obstructionist Party who serve no more than their selfish needs.

    October 22, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Clarke

    These are really no surprise, except to the GOP, they still think they are king of the hill. They actually are an embarrassment. Until, they can regain trust and respect, I have changed my party. I just can't respect and honor them and it makes me sick to think I help pay there way. I realize it's only one vote, but it is the only way I can express disgust with them.

    October 22, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Bryan

    Why would anyone believe a CNN poll about Republicans any more than a Foxnews poll about Democrats? Both are heavily biased, so biased as to be untrustworthy regarding political issues.

    October 22, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. dblogger

    National poll about congress (particularly House) doesn't matter. Same will win again and again.

    October 22, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. Gerald

    Remember when your parents told you that you cannot go out and get high, drunk, and have premarital sex? You hated them right? Well, the GOP says you cannot spend more than you bring in, I'm sure it bites the same way.

    October 22, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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