April 29th, 2009
10:32 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Poll: GOP congressional leadership grade

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(CNN) - A new national poll suggests that Americans think the performance of the Republican leaders in Congress deserves a grade of C minus.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Wednesday as the Obama administration marks 100 days in office, asked respondents to use a grading scale of A, B, C, D and F, where A is excellent and F is very poor.

Five percent of those questioned gave the Republican Congressional leadership an A, 23 percent a B, 39 percent a C, 19 percent a D and 14 percent a F. The grade averaged out to a C minus.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted April 23-26, with 2,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Tony

    The Party of NO......can not recieve anything higher than an F ... No can't accomplish a thing

    April 29, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. liberal gal

    Okay CNN….I appricate you modesty with this one,but I think we should vote again,because I am positive that the grade for the NO party at best has to be a D-
    I would only say this because of the 83 percent with individual saying that they are happy with their votes.
    Hey but then again I am a supporter of the blue party:):)

    April 29, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  3. Harvet Nirriw

    He has completely failed in my opinion.

    April 29, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. jerome

    All I was hearing when republicans were in control of congress was to much spending, Now the dems. are spending more and more passing bills without reading them. Their has been no change. Where is the CHANGE we were promised? 2010 the people will Change Congress.

    April 29, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Frannie

    The Republicans Do have alot of great ideas, however, the Democrates want total power and will not allow Republicans (they represents over 550mil people) to even see the bills they have written. What happened to Obama saying "he will earn the respect of those that did'nt vote for him"? The Republicans pay all the bills and have no voice, I guess a "revolt" will be forthcomming, or at least, they will STOP paying taxes, then what?

    April 29, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    No one asked Obama any hard questions tonight. Why Not, can
    you all see any imperfection in him. Remember he is not Christ.

    April 29, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. No Hillary = No Obama

    "Leadership"? where is the leadership? Leaders don't let droves of citiizens lose their homes, their retirement accounts and their jobs. Leaders – that's a joke.

    April 29, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. tdbyaya

    I would give me an "D" for their final grade. The same do nothing attutiude.

    April 29, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Rye


    April 29, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. jim donald

    the party of no is without leadership, that is why senator spector has left after a long career as a republican, will snow and collins follow spector??? its possible,because they are in the same spot that spector was in, part of the move was political,there seems to be evil in the actions of some republican socalled leadership.if they dont become more moderate.they will be out for a generation.just like they were after FDR was elected, to restore our country's respect

    April 29, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. ellynn sky

    I believe they deserve a true A+ for trying their best to stop all this wastefull spending. They truley care about our country and our childrens future. Those lefties are all about themself and the heck with what will happen down the road, all they care about is more spending and more control. Those stupid Demi-Brates actually think that bigger government will make everything ok.


    April 29, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Thousand Rats

    much like Pelosi and Reid; entrenched, part of the "good ol" boy pack and as stated for the Democrats...... McConnel and Boehner are as worthless as a milk bucket under a bull not mention these two are in udder confusion and are milking a dry teat.

    April 29, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I give obama a d+

    April 29, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Joe D.

    They are a bad joke. F- –

    April 29, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. STEVE in Oregon

    Republican party is absent of leadership.
    Thankfully at least no member of congress has supported this wreckless spending / bail-outs.

    Our country is starving for leadership..
    President Obama and congress never read the largest spending bill in our countries history..

    while the media proudly follows President Obama giving him an " A" first 100 days in office, while hard working citizens are out of work...

    Flush the toliet both sides in congress and Mr President, less talking and more action..
    Close Gitmo tomorrow and get out of Iraq..something you demanded from bush.

    April 29, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. Richard Law

    The modern Republican Party seems to have only two ideas: first, a fundamentalist embrace of the "market," which is seen as the solution to all problems. Second, if things–unaccountably, by their theories of government– don't go well, the only governmental action permissible is to provide tax cuts for the wealthy. The party has often been wrong, but it has never been so intellectually bankrupt as it is today.

    As to their vaunted moral claims, the Republican Party's "Southern strategy" of appealing to whites disenchanted with integration and civil rights seems to me to trump any and all claims to Christian morality.

    Where would they be without their admittedly impressive media skills and ability to sow doubt and instill fear?

    April 29, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. Carlos

    Repubs get an a+ for not bowing down and suckin up to Obama like the Dems do

    April 29, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I thought this was a good idea, until I saw the results of the Republican leadership. Then I knew it was fixed. I am a Rep, and I can't believe that they could get a rating of c. For God's sake, they haven't done anything. Now I know that I can't trust CNN.

    April 29, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. Betsy B

    A generous D- for the grumpy old men of the GOP!

    April 29, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. CynG

    The bottomline is the GOP congressional leadership deserves a big F !!!

    April 29, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Gary from Madison, WI

    WOW!! They got a C-?! That's alot higher than I was expecting for the party of 'NO'.

    April 29, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    the republicans lost – get over it and get on board with getting our country back on track. this is what the populace wants. Eric Cantor is not someone whose opinion I have any respect for. He is very partisan, is quite ambitious and has no credibility because of this.

    April 29, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  23. Cheryl

    What republican leadership?
    We haven't heard one viable or new idea from any of the Republicans in the House or Senate. Good leadership does not simply browbeat a team to fall in line to generate an agenda of complete opposition. That is the action of a bully.

    Good leadership cultivates ideas and welcomes diversity of opinions to create a strong solution to problems. The Democrats are known for their in-fighting, but at least ideas are born from those discussions.
    Whether you agree with their solutions or not, an effort is being made.
    Republicans...not so much.

    April 29, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. shirley

    obama did not cause you to lose your house or job,bush made sure of that.you was losing all of that before obama took office.would you had blame mccain if he was elected, or did you prefer selected.GO PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA.I voted for you, and i would not change that for all the tea in china.lol

    April 29, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. Ellen

    An F, for failing to take responsibility for their actions, for whining too much, for failing to lose gracefully, for failing to make any effort to shed their high horsemanship (more like high chairmanship).

    April 29, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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