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GOP And Tea Party Unfavorability At Record Highs: Poll

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Unfavorable ratings for both the Republican Party and the tea party have ticked up to record highs, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday evening.

Sixty-four percent of Americans view the Republican Party unfavorably, and 56 percent view the tea party unfavorably. Both are all-time highs in CNN's polling, although in each case, it's only a 2-point increase from a survey taken Sept. 27 through 29.

Prominent Republicans have also taken a hit.

House Speaker John Boehner's (Ohio) unfavorable rating is at 55 percent, up from 48 percent just before the shutdown, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (Ky.) unfavorables rose to 42 percent from 39 percent before the shutdown. Members of their own party are also increasingly rating them negatively, according to polling. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), one of the most vocal supporters of the shutdown, saw his unfavorable rating climb 6 points to 42 percent.

While top Democrats are still viewed more negatively than positively, they've seen their numbers improve, according to the poll. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (Nev.) unfavorable rating is at 40 percent, down from 45 percent at the end of September, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) unfavorable rating is at 47 percent, down from 51 percent. The Democratic Party's unfavorable rating remains effectively unchanged at 51 percent, a point below where it stood in September.

Previously released results from the same poll found that a majority of Americans now consider GOP control of the House a bad thing, and want Boehner to be replaced. Other post-shutdown polls have also found Republicans suffering from the political aftereffects.

The CNN poll surveyed 841 Americans between Oct. 18 and Oct. 20, using live phone interviews.

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