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. VEW2012

    And hopefully the rating will stay at an all time unfavorably low rating until the GOP starts remembering there is: a working class, not everyone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth, the Chamber of Commerce and big business is not the end all or be all, that negotiation does not equate to meaning capitulation to their demands, that they are not the majority party..they are a small majority of only one of the three parts of legislative government, they have lost two presidential elections by a wide margin due to not learning this lesson, and can plan to lose several more if they don't begin to realize what they are doing isn't working. The majority of American citizens need decent dependable, and affordable health insurance...and going to the emergency room as the only option (which it is for many people) is not a sane option or good method to cut costs..

    They need to get over and get rid of the crazies in their party and start working for the benefit of everyone...not just the few.

    October 22, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. corpsman

    "64% of Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, an all-time high "

    And justifiably so.

    October 22, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. JazzyJ

    Congratulations to CNN and the rest of the mainstream media on a job well done. This poll says nothing about the shutdown, and everything about the US media, who abandoned objectivity long ago to become court stenographers for the Democrat party.

    Virtually transcribing the narrative preferred by the Obama administration, the US media relentlessly blamed the Republicans – and ONLY the Republicans – for the shutdown 24/7. Even though it takes two to tango, and the Democrats in the Senate were just as juvenille and recalcitrant as the Republicans, they were consistently applauded and excused from blame. The House passed a budget – as is mandated by the Constitution – and the Senate refused (as usual) to go into conference and do THIER job. Naturally, the media sees fit to blame the Republican House when the Democrat Senate refuses to do what they are paid to do! (This is also why we had no budget for the first 5 years of the Obama admin – even when the Dems occupied the entire legislature ).

    The truth is that most Americans don't follow the ins and outs of politics, they just parrot what CNN and the rest of the Democrat stenographers feed them. If the media had presented the Republicans as pure-hearted heroes trying to overturn a spuriously passed and highly unpopular law, the Dems as crybabies who wouldn't pass a budget while granting Obamacare exemptions to their buddies, and the President as a hypocrite who voted against raising the debt ceiling back in 2006, then the poll numbers would be completely reversed. If CNN presented Ted Cruz as a brilliant lawyer fighting to give the people the same exemptions that Obama's buddies got, his poll numbers would be through the roof.

    This poll only proves that if the media unfairly demonizes the GOP 24/7, their poll numbers go down. Anyone with a 4th grade education could tell you that.

    October 22, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Penny Wright

    First George Bush's SEC let Wall Street run a derivatives based Ponzi scheme that destroyed the world economy in 2008.

    Then Republicans on the Supreme Court voted to allow unlimited secret campaign contributions in the Citizens United decision.

    Then Republicans in the House shut down the government to try to defund the Affordable Care Act and threatened the country with default.

    Why would anyone vote for a party that hates government and continually tries to damage our country?

    October 22, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. penguin

    28% have a favorable view of the Tea Party. Its that high?!! No wonder the USA ranks 32d in the world in math skills. We have too many stupid people in our nation.

    October 22, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Country before politics! Always!

    Shutting down the Federal Government was simply a bad idea!

    October 22, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Joe Plumber

    To bad the mid-tems aren't next month!

    October 22, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Terry

    Well its getting high out there...Remember that most of those that caused this ruckus where elected to cause said ruckus. Poll all you want but the fact remains that this is a divided country in which maybe 48% of the country actually votes and of that amount maybe 20-40 percent in local elections. Most people do not think their vote matters so there are very few new voters...oh you may get them on the rolls but getting them to the polls is a different story. Very few care anymore and look at how many of the same people are voted in time after time. It will be the same again in the coming elections. Same old same old...

    October 22, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    I don't see why they would have a high favorable rating. They want to cut all programs that help people and offer no solutions to the problems that we have. They were willing to have the debt ceiling not raised and cause us to go into default.

    October 22, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Frank

    No one will remember by this time next year anyway

    October 22, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Ron

    I know one thing! When it is time for the the repubs to run for office again, I'll be on my computer working for the other guy! Cruz need to go back to Texas and visit middle schools and try to impress the little girls and boys, he'll never make it to an office again! Boehner is done also!

    October 22, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. snotfair

    Yes indeed- 2014 is coming soon & it `aint gonna` b pretty 4 the GOP! Fool me once shame on you- fool me twice shame on me!

    October 22, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. captcaps

    You Republicans are Disgusting, Decietful ,Dregs of our Politically and Religiously Disfunctional Country and Congress. This is not the country my father fought to protect from the Nazis ....Seems like its soul is sick and dying from the weight of the Republican and Teabagger Political Terrorists... Disfunction Reigns and only the Rich make gains......Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 22, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    This isn't going away anytime soon. Living in Maryland we have seen and lived through weeks of no work and no pay for neighbors and friends. What the teatards call a vacation and the rest of us called lunatic times from domestic terrorists led by a Canadian hitler.

    October 22, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. GOPSpamers

    Most of the GOP are bought and paid for by PAC money and don't care about anyone. They love money from corporations and special interest. That's all.

    October 22, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. ced

    Actually the GOP has some pretty good Senators, unfortunately not the career sleepers who have been sitting around collecting money from all the lobbyists for years. I'm more frightened of the left media and Democrats from the President on down. Never in my life have I witnessed more cover ups, twisting of the truth, showing off like cute little 3 year olds, bold face lying, forcing whatever Obama wants on a whole nation so his legacy will stand out. First lying about Obamacare, then the 30-40 million illegals squatting here to take over so Obama can be the hero who gave away America to Mexico and the Middle East. There is nothing honorable or honest about the left .

    October 22, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. Getoverit

    Funny how CNN would do a poll on the GOP right in the middle of the Obamacare Disaster.

    October 22, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Elizabeth

    Have you noticed that the more President Obama messes up and plunges in the polls, the greater becomes the number of anti-GOP polls published by the Liberal media?

    October 22, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. G_Edwards

    Meanwhile Pres Obama's disapproval rating is 52% – and rising. (Source: Gallup)

    But that's not worth headlines on CNN for some reason.

    .

    October 22, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Cnn poll? Who did they poll? Their own staff?

    October 22, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Will

    The bottom line is that the Tea Party and uber conservatives are going the way of the dinosaur. Let's just skip all the PC rubbish and rationalization and call it like it is: Americans are more educated today and the racist, homophobic, religion mongoring, white man's party is losing ground to REAL AMERICANS.

    October 22, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Scott

    If it is a CNN/ORC, the majority called were Democrats most likely. These polls are rigged to make it seem worse then what they are. Other polls show democrats down worse then Republicans, so it is a matter of who to believe. Repubs will keep house and might pick up seats in the Senate. Of course all you liberal Democrats that post on here regular will disagree. YOu all drank so much of the Obama Kool Aid its poisoned your mind.

    October 22, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Ronald

    Obama and the Dem party platform are very politically sound, they do a great job of getting positive press and moving public opinion. Unfortunately that is where the positives end. Dems head by the "campaigner-in-chief" did a masterful job of throwing all of the negative effects of this shutdown on Republicans; however Rep had this right the whole time. The spending under this administration is unsustainably high and as a 21 year old I am beyond worried about the mess my generation will have to clean up thanks to Obama blindly pushing his agenda through. With a "my way or the highway" attitude the President has done a remarkable job to make sure the political future of this country is of constant struggle. ObamaCare is one of the poorest legislative pieces to make its way through Congress in the history of the United States and we will all be paying for it for years to come.

    October 22, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Log Cabin

    It's exciting to see the Tea Party destroy the GOP.

    October 22, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. Ronald

    I just don't understand why Dems argue the Affordable Care Act is a good idea....the gov't already has enough issues and is beyond inefficient, why on Earth would anyone think having this bureaucracy, that can't even vote to keep itself properly funded, be capable of handling a nations health care. This will take more than my lifetime to fix and as a 19 year old that is very unfortunate.

    October 22, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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