November 10th, 2010
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Boehner's favorability rating on the rise

(CNN) - According to a new Gallup poll, House Minority Leader John Boehner is having a good week. His approval rating has improved following the 2010 midterm elections by seven points, from 27 to 34 percent.

Two weeks before the election, Boehner's approval rating matched the number of Americans who'd never heard of him–27 percent. In the days following the Republican takeover of the House, 4 in 10 say they have no opinion or have never heard of him, which is statistically unchanged since before the election, according to Gallup.

Of those familiar with him, the poll indicates that 26 percent have a negative view of Boehner while 34 percent have a favorable opinion of the Republican leader who is in line to become the next speaker of the House.

The Gallup poll also suggests that more Americans have a negative view of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Forty-three percent say they have an unfavorable opinion of Reid while 25 percent say they have a favorable view. Still, one-third have no opinion of have never heard of him. Reid's unfavorable ratings have grown considerably since the 2008 elections, according to Gallup, though his favorable ratings have been relatively stable since November 2006.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Big Jimbo

    I too cried ... when I heard he had won. Cried for America's future.

    November 10, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Boehner should be ashamed of himself! He got electted by spreading lies and fear, by blocking everything President Obama and the Democrats are trying to do to help our country, by protecting the interests of multi-national corporations who only see our country as something to pillage.

    I heard he'll be flying commercial as Speaker of the House. Let me to you, if I ever see him on my flight, I'll give him a piece of my mind – and I'll be hard-pressed to not spit in his face!

    It's the least I could do after the way he's spit in ours!

    November 10, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. E.J. in Tacoma

    How can it change he's done nothing but tout rhetoric about extending Bush tax cuts and bashing the past 2 year of Obama being in the White House. Republican leadership needs to change or this country will make no progress towards economic growth and we will be worse off than we were during the Bush years.
    These Republicans will never change same people same old screenplay!!
    EJ in Tacoma

    November 10, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    these polls are like the wind, they change all the time and it depends on who is polled and what questions are asked. So I have very little faith in them. SInce he took office I think there have been MORE polls done on President Obama than any president I can recall. And if you look at the polls done on FoxNews they are NEVER positive when it comes to a Democrat so polls are for people who enjoy them when they go in the direction they wnat them to. Just wait until ol' Johnny starts to weild the gavel and we'll see how other like him. Heck he isn't really that popular in Ohio from what I've heard.

    November 10, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. John G.

    Go Boehner!!! It is about time someone stood up and reverse (hopefully) the damage that Pelosi and Reid have already done.

    So what if he cried during his mid-term election speech. The man spoke from his heart. Most who can't see that probably doesn't have a heart as well.

    What the Dems have done to this country is inexcusable. With Obamacare and now more efforts to print more Fed. money, our debts are going through the roof. Why can't you liberals understand that you are bankrupting this country!!!

    November 10, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. kat

    I love it. I'm so glad to see ANYBODY replace sicko Pelosi. I think he will do a great job as Speaker. I believe he will look out for the people instead of his own ego like Pelosi or your Pres.

    November 10, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Charles

    We did our best to restore sanity and save the country, but failed. Time to have a drink, forget politics and move on. Let the morons take the heat for a while.

    November 10, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    Boehner is an ideal representative for conservative values.
    Nobody expects extreme liberals to agree with him about politics.
    Why are his critics so concerned with his tanning methods?
    Let's see–if I could get Pelosi's absence of wrinkles, and add Boehner's tan...

    November 10, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    Why is Boehner's favorability rating is going up??? Is it because he "Boo-Hoo" on election night? It does not matter – the entire PARTY is on Boehner's shoulders and the American people will see after awhile what he is all about!!

    As for Reid – His personality alone saves him and you have to love him!!!

    T'sah – OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward with President Obama!!

    November 10, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. ohio res.

    . . .oh just wait-this might get interesting. Mostly, what we've seen is he really does not care
    about those who disagree with him. Yes–this will be very interesting to see if he has any change
    of heart at all. . . .no way did we vote for him.

    November 10, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. jt35

    Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs sir?

    November 10, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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