Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner isn't as popular as he once was, according to a new poll. Though the top Republican enjoyed positive favorability ratings that were almost twice as high as his negative ratings as recently as January, a Gallup survey indicates that Americans are now split on how they feel about the eleven-term Ohio Congressman.
Thirty-four percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of Boehner in the poll, but the same number say they have an unfavorable opinion of him.
And the Gallup poll reveals that Boehner's image has taken a hit among all Americans, regardless of party affiliation. In January 2011, 42 percent of adults had a favorable view of the newly sworn-in speaker and 22 percent had an unfavorable view. But by April, fewer independents said they felt favorably about Boehner and more felt unfavorably. His unfavorable rating is up 17 percentage points and his favorable rating is down by ten percentage points among those with no party affiliation.
Almost seven in 10 Republicans had a favorable opinion of Boehner in January, but three months later, little more than half say the same, according to the poll. Among Democrats, the speaker's unfavorable rating number has increased by 12 percentage points.
Boehner's ratings may have plummeted as a result of the public bipartisan scuffle over spending cuts. Though Republicans and Democrats brokered a budget agreement and settled on $38.5 billion in spending cuts, unfinished business on how to settle the debt ceiling remains, and the nation's view of congressional leaders continues to hang in the balance.
The Gallup poll was conducted nationwide from April 20-23 among 1,013 adults. It has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.