Washington (CNN) – Americans are giving their top political leaders the thumbs down when it comes to how they are handling the debt ceiling crisis, according to a new national poll.
A Gallup survey indicates that 41 percent of the public approve of how President Barack Obama's handling the negotiations to raise the nation's debt level, with 52 percent saying they disapprove and eight percent unsure.
According to the poll, only 31 percent approve of how House Speaker John Boehner is handling the negotiations, with 48 percent saying they disapprove of how the top Republican in the House is handling the crisis and just over one in five unsure.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fares even worse, with just 23 percent giving the top Senate Democrat a positive review, 52 percent disapproving and one in four unsure of how Reid's handling the debt ceiling talks.
"Obama does better than the other two, based in large part on the high approval rating he receives from his fellow Democrats," says a release from Gallup. "Boehner receives significantly less loyalty from Republicans, half of whom approve of his handling of the situation. This no doubt reflects the current divisions within the Republican Party, with conservatives and Tea Party supporters pressing for a rigid stance against compromise and tax increases, while other Republicans are more inclined to push for a settlement with Obama and the Democrats."
The Gallup poll was conducted Wednesday, with 1,007 national adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.