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."

A defeated GOP wants to unite, move on, fight another day

 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.

Cruz: Senate Republicans are 'single-most damaging thing' for the GOP in 2014

 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. Tom Wittmann

    THE VERY PRIMITIVE GOP AND EVEN MORE SO TEA PARTY, HERE IS FALLING AGAIN IN A TRAP DIGNIFIED BY THE OTHERWISE POOR DEMOCRATIC PUBLIC RELATION MACHINE, THE LATTER FULL OF FRIENDS AND BY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CHOSEN PERSONS!!

    By offering a open flank for attacks given the Website failure, an issue which obviously will be solved in a acceptable short term, the GOP is gambling again, with nearly no winnable perspective that the exchange strategy will fail

    And as this will not happen, their disastrous present poll figures will seem an UTOPIA by start 2014!!

    October 22, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. dan

    The republicans screwed up with the shut down. They were trying to expose the gross overspending by the Obama Admin and Democrats but no one seems to care about that. We are overspending 1 trillion dollars a year for the past 3 years. This cannot continue. Does anybody care about this? I know, just print more money!! Worst President in our history!!

    October 22, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Ronald

    The ignorance shown by some of these comments is very sad to see as well. Washington was correct when he said political party's would be the downfall of this country, people blindly vote and support certain legislation based 100% on party affiliation. The Affordable Care Act is simply a failure on every level, good intentions by Obama but a failure none the less. If only Obama didn't think he was the smartest man on the planet, maybe we could move forward as a country.

    October 22, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    It's about time the American people woke up and saw the republican party as the party of failed government. how many times have Democrats had to clean up the messes they made? and how many times have republicans gotten in and undid all the good Democrats have accomplished? Bush turned the surplus Bill Clinton left him into a deficit IN A YEAR! now they're obstructing every effort to clean up the mess they made under Bush. it's time for the country to move beyond this bunch that rules by fear, hate, and greed and elect people who care about every American and believe in moving us forward.

    October 22, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Bob

    I stop enter comments on these websites like the one sponsored by CNN for the fact I am so fed up with this current administration of Obama and the Democrat clowns at every where for the fact that they love to twist the fact around and only promote their bias view such as the result of their poll on other party. This is a dogma and so prejudices. I hope that they fall on their ugly faces along with their illegal immigrants and social psychopath. 17 trillions debt and 7 % of unemployment is nothing to be proud of. Close to 50% americans depend on food stamps vouchers. Thousands are on the HUD subsidy. Prison camps are pack full of criminals and repeat criminal convicts. The environment has been destroyed at a faster rate than any previous administrations. And he is still stick his shameless face along with Sen. Reid, Boxer, Menedez when the example of poor management of economy and social policy from Europe still cripple the region. And Obama likes a ugly flie suck in head- on at full speed. What a lousy president and a very very stupid party of Democrat

    October 22, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. sadlyperturbed

    Now those same treasonous House members call for others to step down? I say let them step down first and show that they really care about America and not their party. Maybe then we can talk about others being guilty of errors. But what they chose to do was attempt to hold the entire country hostage to their demands. And they failed. This is fact. Their sad arguments are based on the same old party politics. A bad attempt to save face after they nearly created disaster again for the US.

    October 22, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Big_D

    Now the GOP wonders why we're PO'd at them for trying to destroy the country?

    October 22, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. altalks21

    Cruz says, " Senate Republicans are 'single-most damaging thing' for the GOP in 2014". I hope he keeps tell himself that, all the while his tea-partiers go down in flames!

    October 22, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Joe M

    I would like to see the results of a poll where they question 50% more Republicans than Democrats, too, since they did the opposite in the poll above.

    October 22, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. me

    both parties have taken turns destroying this country while robbing us all blind. We need a REAL party that represents the people not special interests and lobbyists. ALL politicians should make minimum wage, no vacations, no benefits, then they can learn what its like to survive in the real world. Who else here is sick of millionaire politicians livin la vida loca, a life of vacation, frivolity and luxury AT OUR EXPENSE while the rest of us scrape for change just to keep bills paid and food on the table? Then they have the nerve to stand up in front of us and tell us they dont know where our money went. It went straight into their pockets... well what didn't go to their criminal friends on Wall Street. A real revolution is coming against both corrupt parties, and NOTHING can stop it.

    October 22, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. tennborn

    The republicans an fox nuts were all glee an joyful spirited clicks to have the teakluxklan on their side a while back. Oh my little did they know they were sleeping with the enemy .now they have their own cross to bear. As the old saying sometime you feel like a nut. Long live the narrow minded thinkers of the gop an foxnews liars an farts. Rush Sean Koch Teaklan family we thank you for your son Ted Cruz an your dysfunctional family. Real American zeros.

    October 22, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  12. dixhanford

    GOP is bad. But the Dumbocrats and their miserable special interest groups are worse. It's time for a new party that represents the middle, average hard working citizen. Then we can fire Congress.

    October 22, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  13. UriNation

    Americans forget pain quickly.

    October 22, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. truthdefender

    Say good bye repubs

    October 22, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. Foxhole Atheist

    "Fifty-six percent say they have an unfavorable view of the tea party movement."

    This is thoroughly upsetting to me. I can't believe 44 percent of our country is in need of severe mental help.

    October 22, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. jamessavik

    Sure they do... when you ask all the usual suspects

    October 22, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. matey

    Surprise Surprise This article says GOP unfavorables at an all time high.
    I wonder if it because in baseball language Bohner to Cruz to Ryan????
    Ref. Tinkers to Evans to Chance.

    October 22, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. gmenfan54

    Its "game over" for the GOP.

    October 22, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. Mark

    The GOP needs to stop catering to the far right – they'll never get ANY of their agenda advanced that way. They have lost their way and should be catering to the moderate wing of their party – the moderates (in both parties, actually) are the ones most likely to vote for the opposite party if they feel their party's agenda is to far left or right – the moderates win elections.

    October 22, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. rich

    What did they expect. They have never won when they try to hurt the common person in the United States. They tried and in some cases sid hurt everyday Americans with their antics. What did they expect.

    October 22, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Shelia

    Your right the republicans should just let the democrats do what ever they want and maybe they should so the country learns a good lesson on being tax and spent.

    October 22, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. hank

    CNN feel good polls effect nothing. What will be felt however is the impact of obama's feel good policies on the average Americans pocket book. So keep polling yourselves silly til you completely believe what it is your trying to feed the populace, it won't change the bottom line of being broke!

    October 22, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. Dave Davidson

    it seems to me the Democratic party is sunk with Obamacare, sorry to break the bad news

    October 22, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Leppo

    The south will rise again. Tea Party Forever.

    October 22, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. Will

    The independent number is very worrisome to the GOP.....as it should be. Keep pushing to the far right and the number will just get worse, but by all means keep pushing that trailer closer to the edge

    October 22, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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