The aftermath of the GOP TEA Party congressional dysfunction is that their reputation has reached a 20-year low, according to the most recent CNN poll released today. Not surprisingly, the reputation of the TEA Party is also at an all-time low.
The agenda of Republicans and the TEA party in the House has had damaging effects not just on the nation, but on their own reputations, according to a new poll out today. Apparently, the voters take a dim view of those who demonstrate they don’t give two cents about the country by crowing about “protest votes” and ridiculous proposals (that they know don’t have a chance of passing) rather than making an effort to pass a budget.
The poll found that favorable ratings for House Republicans like TEA Party Congressman Dennis Rehberg in particular have fallen since CNN”s last poll in July of this year. Over that time, Congressional Republicans favorable rating dropped from the dismal 41% to 33%. At the same time, unfavorable impressions of Congressional Republicans increased from 55% to 59%. That’s the highest percentage of voters who view them in an unfavorable light in the entire 20 years period of published results from the CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll.
The TEA Party is even more unpopular than the Republicans, with 31% of voters viewing them favorably while TEA leaves 51% with an unfavorable taste in their mouths. Another all time low for the movement.
Meanwhile, voters have a higher opinion of Democrats. The Dems’ favorable ratings increased from 47 to 49% and their unfavorable ratings stayed the same at 49% following the budget agreement.
It’s interesting that in the west and rural rural areas, the results were even more anti-GOP. Westerners had a 32/62 fav/unfav opinion of Republicans and rural voters had 36/57 fav/unfav ratings for the Rs. For Dems, westerners’ ratings were 46/45. Rural voters also rated Democrats more favorably than Republicans with 41/55 fav/unfav.