GOP and Tea Party sink to new lows in polls
The GOP Image Is Near-Rock Bottom After The Fiscal Cliff Negotiations
The Republican image has taken a big hit from the fiscal cliff negotiations as both parties prepare for the next several rounds of fiscal talks in the coming months.
Two polls released in the past day show that even Republicans do not approve of the way the party handled the fiscal cliff negotiations.
An ABC/Washington Post poll found that just 31 percent approved of Boehner's handling of the fiscal cliff, compared with 52 percent that disapproved. Among his own party, Boehner's approval-to-disapproval split stood at a dreadful 38-49.
The findings were similar in a Pew Research Center survey. The poll found that voters gave abysmal marks to Republican leaders for their part in the talks. Only 19 percent of respondents approved of the way Republicans handled the negotiations, compared with 66 percent who disapproved. And the split among Republicans was 40-45.
Tea Party Hits Record Level Of Unpopularity In Public Opinion Poll
The Tea Party is more unpopular than ever before, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday, with just three in 10 voters holding favorable views of the movement. Half of respondents said they view the party unfavorably.
Those numbers represent a considerable dive in support since the Tea Party's heyday in 2009, when a majority of voters rated it favorably.
Many of the Senate challengers with Tea Party backing were defeated in 2012, and the movement suffered another PR blow after a falling out among the leadership of the Tea Party group FreedomWorks.
Although most members of the House's Tea Party Caucus were reelected in November, the group had some high-profile losses, including the defeats of former Reps. Joe Walsh and Allen West. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the chairwoman of the House Tea Party Caucus, barely retained her seat.
The movement is now widely seen by the public as declining, according to the Rasmussen poll -- 56 percent of voters said the Tea Party became less influential over the past year, and just 8 percent said they identified as part of the Tea Party movement.