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.


Filed under: Harry Reid • John Boehner • Polls
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Rick

    When the people see what this guy is really about, his numbers will plummet.

    November 10, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Boo-Hoo Boehner's crying fit appears to have payed off.
    Americans seem to like emotional if irrational outbursts versus the actualization of real work.
    Polls are nice....go figure.

    November 10, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's on the rise among those idiots who voted for him. When they figure all the crap he was selling them was a bunch of bologna, Rep. Issa may have to investigate him.

    November 10, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Brought to you by the same group-think that installed a criminal as governor of Florida. Who would have thunk it?

    November 10, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Me

    First of all, your polls mean nothing

    The only reason for this is because Democrats have not been waging a campaign of relentless negativity and hate
    Democrats need to learn how to demonize people the way Republicans do.
    If we spent all of our time spreading lies and telling the truth demonizing Bone-er he would be just as 'favorable' as Pelosi.

    November 10, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. BDA

    OH, that Boehner. He's such a lovable lunk. So full of goodness, and cheer, and positive vibes. Chock full of deep concern and empathy for the unemployed, unwashed, unwanted workers of America. Yep, I give those rising approval ratings about a month, until even the dumbest, dirt-poor GOP'ers see what a tool of corporatocracy this evil weasel is, and how stupid they are to support him. Then again, they stuck behind Bush for far too long, and look where we're at. Oh, I forgot. It's all Obama's fault.

    November 10, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Indie Woman in Denver

    The honeymoon will end soon enough, when his TRUE "hell no" side is noticed by the general public.

    November 10, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Tim

    Oh my God. First you say an ex-leader says Bush is lying, then you change it to an ex-friend. Now you change it back to ex-leader.

    Who's in charge there?

    November 10, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. ken

    Wait til this clown becomes speaker, he will show who he cares about helping, and that's only the top two percent!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    and the dumbing down of Ameica just goes on and on. I think after last Tuesday's result Boehner, Palin, Beck and Bachmann et al should hang a "Misson Accomplished" banner somewhere because their programs of typical Republican "fear and misinformation" along with some wealthy no-name donors helped them over the hump. America spoke on the 2nd and lucky for Boehner when the country spoke it said DOH!!

    November 10, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. stufthis

    When Americans learn about Boner Care and that Agent Orange and his ilk want to eliminate social security, medicare, VA assistance, and the repeal of health reform, he will be afraid to ride coach back to his hometown.

    November 10, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    Well DUH!! but wait til Boehner starts 'working' and then we will see those polls.

    November 10, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    He has handled himself better, since the election, than before it.

    November 10, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner approves of himself and doesn't care what others think as long as he can keep his tan. If he loses his tan, then you know he's finally working instead of working on his golf game. You might as well have put Pamela Anderson in office, at lease she's tan and pretty.

    November 10, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. AZ DEM

    Yeah lets see how he manages this new majority for the GOP.Ii have a feeling as soon as they shutdown the government AGAIN his numbers will plummet..the great thing about them taking the majority is we will see VERY quickly if they've actually "learned" from the past and I'm willing to bet a considerable amount that they HAVE NOT LEARNED ANYTHING..it will be politics as usual mark my words.

    November 10, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. yup

    Wow you libs are so full of hate. Get over it, we won. Its so fun to day that.

    November 10, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. stufthis

    Everyone loves a drunk.

    November 10, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Operation Crush Rush

    Does he still have the crying jags from his hangovers?Hes nothing but a bum in a suit who just got out of a bar.

    November 10, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    That's 14 point behind the President- I guess the population doesn't reall y like Boehner like he thinks.
    YUP- that "hate" came about after two years of no, two years of name-calling and I mean by the ELECTED Republicans , not the crazies that post on here.

    November 10, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Adalbert

    This guy is an egomaniac interested in money and power only.

    November 10, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. The Tan Man is a Scam

    Just give it time, his true colors (not only orange) will come shining through.

    November 10, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Tim Friedman

    Just a matter of time until everyone turns on him. That's the job description

    November 10, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Rickster

    His numbers will skyrocket if he gets into office and shuts down our girly little president's marxist agenda.

    November 10, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. The Big J

    34%?!? That's a number to CRY about!

    November 10, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    The new speaker is an honest man with a deep love for America. He will do a good job and honor his pledge to the people, unlike the past speaker.

    November 10, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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