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. tony

    There are two parties in US Politics. the Democrats, with all their faults and the T(reason) party, with religious and wealth domination of the US by sabotage of democracy as their goal..

    If the T party had any honesty or guts whatsoever, it would have run itscandiates saparately from the Republican party, and measured its true popularity that way. Instead it hijacked just the repub primaries, leveraging themselves into recognition they didn't earn or deserve. That's how Hitler got power in Germany and Franco staged coup to steal Spain. And we all know what that caused. ( WW II for those T party followers who only know what fox tells them).

    October 22, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    @Rick McDaniel:

    Exactly where do you get your information? Surely not from Fox News, the most dishonest "news" channel in the
    United States.
    CNN has been called Fox Lite, MSNBC lite, and now you throw your little tea party tantrum. You poor diluded
    thing, I do hope you get some help soon. CNN is just fine, thank you very much. Maybe they "over report"
    certain stories, but you always get the message.
    The "DISGRACE" to America lives in the hearts of those willing to destroy America with their petty little
    rantings and threats to people who don't "go along". And I do mean the Tea Party, Freedomworks, Heritage,
    and Norquist. There are more, but I'm tired.

    October 22, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. jj

    The conservatives are all about corporate greed. Hillary 2016! Chelsea 2024!

    October 22, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Mark in Seattle

    Watch out. Rick McD is starting with the "CAPS". Ohhhhhhh, so scared.

    October 22, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Realism

    Typical liberal drivel from a Govt. run news organization. You can't even make up what the Dims want to do, and that is solve an epic credit/debt bubble with more debt. And then we have plenty of sheeple who are way too ignorant to even understand the facts. QE is trickle down economics with a new fancy name. If it wasn't so scary I would be laughing.

    October 22, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    obama/dem rating as low as usual


    The dems' ratings are more than double that of the rethugs' and rising while the rethugs' ratings continue drilling into the floor.

    October 22, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Roger

    For Rick Mc Daniel: WHAT !?!?!? Two word: FOX NEWS. Now there's balanced and impartial coverage ! LOL

    October 22, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Realism

    This poll is such a joke. Stop believing Govt. run media sheeple!

    October 22, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Proud Conservative

    Our national debt is out-of-control! What else can the Republicans do but have a shutdown to try and slow down our Federal spending? I've never heard a Democrat or Pres. Obama say we need to get our national debt under control by lowering our spending.

    October 22, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. CTYank

    It's not that CNN has it in for the Repubs or the TPs. They have IDed themselves as saboteurs. Off them.

    October 22, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. bribarian

    lol obama propaganda at its finest

    October 22, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. CaesarXIII

    What will Democrats force us to buy in the next election? Just curious.

    October 22, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. MaryM

    That Poll is right in line with the Gallup poll last week that said republicans have a 74% DISAPPROVAL RATING.

    October 22, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Malory Archer


    As much as CNN would wish and propagandize otherwise during the last election we were basically still very split.


    Considerable more voters voted for the Democratic candidate in congressional races. However, thanks to extreme gerrymandering in red states, the rethugs have created districts that suppress the majority of the votes.

    October 22, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. speltomqt

    Hey! It's the Ted Cruz bump!

    Unfortunately for the Republicans, it bumps you down instead of up.

    October 22, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right vs. Wrong"

    CNN: America does not care about your skewed data. The poll is implimented by communists for communists. Sure the GOP and the Tea Party are put in a bad light. ObamaCare and the economy are collapsing in on itself, with out any help from the right. And you know? I don't think the heads of your regime really care. So what they so carefully whisper in your ears is what you want to hear, but no more than what pacifies you.

    October 22, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. ptw

    Odd how they separate out "Republicans" and "conservatives". If you're conservative, you're almost always voting Republican no matter how many times you try to proclaim yourself as "independent".

    October 22, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Ted

    Oh yes Senators McConnell and McCain are in the dumps with conservatives and soon will be switching parties. After that hopefully they will go the way of there ex patriot leader Arlen Specter.

    October 22, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    If the moderate Republicans are smart, they'll ditch the ultra right wing monster that "the party of business" once was and becomes Independents. My parents were both Republicans (I'm not), and I know they wouldn't even recognize the current GOP.

    October 22, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. Andrew

    It doesn't matter how much the GOP is hated. With gerrymandering and voter suppression laws they are your kings. Bow down to them.

    October 22, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Bob

    How can a party (stupid party) keep saying America does not want healthcare yet THEY are the ones who rate in the toilet. Perhaps they are WRONG.

    October 22, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. jtj33

    I read no one writing as to what the TEA Party wants. I read lies from supposedly 'liberals' (imagine that) who spew hatred (imagine that again) at people who are Taxed Enough Already. What T. E. A. stands for. These good people, mostly middle class, know who is going to 'foot the bill for' Obamacare – they are. The ugly writers like 'Anonymous' spewing hate at people. He discredits his 'cause' unless spewing hate is his cause in which case he will never stop. He must hate something, why not people who are Taxed Enough Already. (Just bet 'Anonymous loves his new tax increase. Probably still thinks it was the video.)

    October 22, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Garrison

    Rick Daniel you want to talk about being untruthful? Look at Fox news, they say they're fair and balanced. Yeah I can't even type that and keep a straight face.

    October 22, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. emhotep1

    The Treason Party, as someone else put it (I like that) is all the is left of the Republican Party. The rest are an assorted lot of toadies and hangers on. And the Treason Party fiddled while Rome burned and blamed those trying to put out the fire. But the same people who elected them will elect them again and again as they wobble off to the election booths. After all, they are the same people posting on here about how CNN is blocking their posts.

    A smelly pit of ignorance and banality (look it up, Conservatives, or have you burned your dictionaries too?)

    October 22, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Paula Leon

    Their numbers are going up... but in the wrong direction... How's that Green Eggs and Ham going for ya now???

    October 22, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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