Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Hill's 12:30 Report Cruz defends Trump's Taiwan call Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test MORE’s (R-Texas) favorability rating has collapsed as the public has become more familiar with him, according to a Gallup survey released on Thursday.
The Gallup poll comes on the heels of a Brigham Young University survey that found Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeSenate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk Overnight Healthcare: Medical cures bill finally heads to White House Overnight Energy: Trump taps EPA foe to head agency | Energy reform bill officially dead MORE (R-Utah) losing favor in his home state. Lee has seen a 20-point negative swing in his favorability rating from the same poll in June, and now sits at 40 percent favorable and 51 percent unfavorable in Utah.
Lee and Cruz led the charge in provoking a government shutdown over the funding of ObamaCare. Both pushed House Republicans to withhold all government appropriations in an attempt to defund the president’s signature legislative achievement.
Some Republicans have since openly chastised the two freshman Tea Party favorites, questioning their strategy and arguing it was unrealistic to believe the Senate or White House would agree to defunding the healthcare law. Some in the GOP were also worried that their party would be blamed for the shutdown; a fear that has borne out in the polls.
Still, the shutdown has negatively affected nearly all lawmakers in Washington.
According to Gallup, President Obama’s net favorability rating has fallen 10 points since April, Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt Boehner: 'Thank God' I wasn't in the middle of election Ryan delays committee assignments until 2017 MORE (R-Ohio) is down 14, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFeinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss Clintons remember John Glenn as a 'uniquely American hero' Clinton reappears on Capitol Hill for Reid send-off MORE (D-Nev.) 5, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches Overnight Healthcare: Burwell huddles with Dems on fighting ObamaCare repeal Reid: Bring back the earmarks MORE (R-Ky.) 12.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the only member of congressional leadership to see an uptick. The California Democrat's favorability rating is up 5 points since April.
The Gallup poll of 1,028 adults was conducted between Oct. 3 and Oct. 6 and has a 4-percentage-point margin of error.