CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Tuesday, October 22, 20137:00 am ETAfter the Shutdown: Views of Congress, Health Care and the Economy
October 18-21, 2013
In the aftermath of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate, both Republicans andDemocrats in Congress get low job approval ratings, but Republicans fare worse. While 31% of Americans approve of the way Democrats in Congress are doing their job, just 18% approve of how Republicans are doing theirs. Disapproval of Republicans in Congress has risen fivepercentage points since before the shutdown.
Job Approval of the Parties in Congress
Republicans in CongressDemocrats in CongressNow9/2013Now9/2013 Approve18%21%31%31%Disapprove78736562The recent budget negotiations have made 64% of Americans pessimistic about Congress’ability to deal with future issues affecting the country; only 11% are optimistic.
Impact of Negotiations on Congress’ Ability to Deal with Future Issues
The Tea Party
Tea Party adherents were front-and-center during the shutdown, and views of the movementhave become more negative. Just 14% of Americans now hold a favorable view of the TeaParty, down from 18% just as the government shutdown began, and unfavorable views are up 7points. Half of Americans still hold no view of the Tea Party or are unfamiliar with it, even after these high-profile political battles.
Views of the Tea Party
Now10/1-2/20139/20114/2011Favorable14%18%21%26%Unfavorable36292929Undecided/Haven’t heard50514943Conservative Republicans hold net positive views of the Tea Party (40% have a favorableopinion); Democrats and liberals hold especially negative views.