October 22nd, 2013
05:04 PM ET
9 years 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. Roscoe Chait

    Time for the Republican Party to dissolve and a new party to emerge, one that actually cares about the people of this country.

    October 22, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. fstg

    Polls are swayed by the viewers of the sites. The reason this country was setup the way it was by the founding fathers was to prevent an out of control government. Texans will still vote for Cruz and California will still vote for Pelosi. The country's vast demographics are shown every election. Simple the politicians are doing exactly what they are elected to do for their voters or they wouldn't be reelected in their state. Look at your states reps and look at the way the state voted for the Presidency it matches. Everyone can argue, but in the end nothing is going to change.

    October 22, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. gustifer53

    Why do these News organizations give people like Cruz and his henchmen any air time?????????? It's like giving members of the Taliban food when they are dying of starvation...Let them die, they are no good for society...

    October 22, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. He's Dead Jim

    @Rick McDaniel

    You do know that Newt Gingrich works for CNN right? If Newt sneezes hard enough his nose turns into and elephant trunk and you accuse CNN of being "traitors"? I don't understand.

    October 22, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. NavyVet

    The GOP could be holding me down burning my eyes out with cattle prod but I would still vote for them over a Democrat!!!

    October 22, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Malory Archer


    CNN is just beyond ridiculous. Keep hammering GOP when they are all we have to keep the Dems from just driving this country into a complete financial abyss.


    Nine words for you: twenty four million dollars, sixteen days. Own it!

    October 22, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Dear Bear

    It doesn't.

    October 22, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Koleman

    Do not have long to wait till GOP will be disapproved&hated by 100% of US population...just as soon as US population becomes 100% Hispanic. It's only a few years to go.

    October 22, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Michael

    IF they really want to help the American People.
    STOP giving Corporations Tax breaks to send jobs overseas.
    STOP hiring h1b visas.

    October 22, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. KKDenver

    What they fail to realize is that with so much damage done it won't matter if they come to their senses and reverse their position. No one ever reads the retraction, just the original misprint. They have so greatly angered so many that it will take a VERY long time before any reasonable person supports the republican party. Lucky for them there are a great many unreasonable Americans, but not nearly enough.

    October 22, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Ron in SC

    You can only put your foot in your mouth so many times before you choke. Unfortunately these backwoods heathens cost this country and its citizens 24 billion dollars and put a many Americans out of work. Can you say...see you at the polls!

    October 22, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Terry

    obama/dem rating as low as usual

    October 22, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Jeb


    The Tea Party is destroying the GOP like a cancer from within.


    They may destroy the country first.

    They're already planning the next government shutdown and default fiasco for February.

    October 22, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Seth

    Good. People are sick of these clowns.

    October 22, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    tom l
    OMG! That's 2 stories out of 3 that are against repubs. Come on MSNBC lite. Can we talk about something else. I bet that they block my comment because I'm a conservative and CNN is against me!

    Well Mr. Both Sides Do It ... it looks as if CNN still has 5 "The TeaParty Is Losing Its Flavor" stories to go just to catch up.

    But, hey. You did make me laugh!

    October 22, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. sly

    Wow ... from "47% of Americans won't vote Republican no matter what" to "75% of Americans won't vote Republican no matter what".

    All thanks to the stupidity and lack of courage by the Republican party, which let a rookie with limited intelligence steer them right off the cliff.

    Haven't seen anyone get their clock cleaned like that since General Custer.

    October 22, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. VET-2

    That 24 billion would have helped to sustain the ACA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    Nine words for you: twenty four million dollars, sixteen days. Own it!


    Typo – that's 24 BILLION – with a B!

    October 22, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Roger

    The republicans dropping favoribilities has nothing to to do with cnn coverage of it, but to do with the constant stream of dribble coming from the RABID RIGHT. It's all HATE based. They attacted gays, they attacked women, they attacked black and latinoes, they attacked the poor and working poor. I don't understand what their strategy is, BUT I sure hope they keep it up. Sane republicans are too embarassed to even try to defend this HATE MESSAGE !

    October 22, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Greg

    It's scary with the GOP in control of the House and Supreme Court. Imagine if they controlled all branches of government. Even since the Bush era, the GOP has moved sharply to the right, which is incredible given how conservative the party already was during that time.

    October 22, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. speltomqt

    We should start calling it the Cruz bump.

    October 22, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. sly

    "CNN, you are a DISGRACE to America, you are SUBVERSIVE, and you are traitors, to America, because you do NOT tell the truth about ANYTHING political."
    Yep – just like all those lying polls when Romney really won the election?

    Ho ho ho ... nothin' more ignorant than a Republican who thinks the media (85% owned by McDonnell-Douglas and arch neo-con Rupport Murdoch) is 'liberal'.

    Ho ho ho ... yep, and I suppose Fox News is liberal by that definition.

    Y'all crack me up – not just sore losers, but you have to go and embarass yourselves with comments like these.

    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.

    October 22, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Lolo

    This is no surprise. @ Rick McDaniel, you and the rest of your Klan love to place the blame else where. You are no better than Sarah Palin. Always blame the media. You brought this on yourselves by being so full of hatred and stupidity. If anyone is a disgrace to America it is definitely the GOP/TP Klan. You guys believe anything as long as the haters say it loud and long enough. Quit obsessing over President Obama. He won. Get over it.

    October 22, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Josh

    Local elections have consequences: vote these clowns out in the midterm elections.

    October 22, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Solitairedog

    Unfortunately, the Republican leadership will read these numbers and conclude that tey must get even more crazy to win back their base, which is increasingly shrinking to ranks of the kkk , the nra, and the Koch Brothers.

    October 22, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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