Boehner throws polling punch on president
July 31st, 2013
12:07 PM ET
12 months ago

Boehner throws polling punch on president

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is tweaking President Barack Obama over the president's poll numbers.

Asked by reporters Wednesday about Obama's strategy of holding events across the country to push policies and proposals on the economy, Boehner at first declined to comment.

But then he said flatly, "If I had poll numbers as low as his I'd probably have to do the same thing, if I were him."

But the Speaker's numbers are not any better than the president's.

Americans appear divided on the job Obama's doing in office. A new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that 46% of Americans approve of the job he's doing, with 47% giving him the thumbs down. The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of seven non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of the president's approval rating conducted the past two weeks.

While a 46% approval rating is nothing to brag about, it's sure a heck of a lot better than the approval rating for Congress. Only 17% of the public approves of the job lawmakers on Capitol Hill are doing, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls, with a whopping 77% saying they disapprove. The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of Congress' approval rating conducted the past two weeks.

As for Boeher's personal poll numbers, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey conducted earlier this month put his favorable rating among Americans at 18%, with 36% viewing the Republican from Ohio negatively.

He fared better in a CNN/ORC International poll in May, with 36%-37% favorable-unfavorable rating with just over one in four unsure.

The approval rating for Congress is near all-time lows.

"I think the low approval of Congress is not surprising. The president's is not that grea,t either," weighed in Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, talking to reporters Tuesday.

"I think the American people are reacting appropriately to the fact that we have an economy that is not getting the job done."

Boehner's comments came as the president was making a rare trip to Capitol Hill, to meet with House and Senate Democrats. Obama's visit to Congress comes one day after he traveled to Tennessee to propose a "grand bargain" which the president argued would alter the corporate tax code while investing in job creation. Last week Obama spoke out on the economy at events in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida.


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  1. GI Joe

    @Jean

    President Obama represents the entire country. Boner represents a small portion of Ohio.

    See the difference? Didn't think you could.

    July 31, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. rs

    Imagine the hew and cry from democrats if Boehner hopped on a plane, at taxpayers expense mind you, to trot around the country campaigning for his life and to try and bolster his position on the issues. He doesn't have that luxury – he needs to stays in Washington to no avail to try and work with an uncompromising bunch of weasles on the left side of the aisle.
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    The Difference is the President elected by the majority to see to the needs of the WHOLE Country, Mr. Boehner was elected to represent the 8th district of the state of Ohio. If Mr. Boehner wants to fly around that I don't think anyone would mind. Seeing as Mr. Boehner is also the Speaker of the majority party in the House, I think you should find the dysfunction of that body lies with Mr. Boehner, and the rabble of the TEA Party, and not the Democrats, who are the minority in the House.

    July 31, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Jean wrote:

    Imagine the hew and cry from democrats if Boehner hopped on a plane, at taxpayers expense mind you, to trot around the country campaigning for his life and to try and bolster his position on the issues.
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    You don't hear Democrats complaining about Paul, Cruz, or Rubio, do you? Imagine that.

    July 31, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. ghostwriter

    Scot and justadkin', to bring up the stimulus shows exactly who is drinking the Kool-Aid. There's a reason why republicans aren't talking about the stimulus anymore. The numbers they talked about are cherry picked and proven to be untrue. The fact that all those republicans like Jindal, who complained about the stimulus before and after taking stimulus money, is lost on all you tea folk. And throw in the fact that republicans like Rick Perry and Paul Ryan used stimulus money to payback their donors and you have a collection of loser republicans who had better not say jack about the stimulus to anyone with a brain who is older than 5.

    There are better folks out there who can estimate the effectiveness of the stimulus. Those that are honest can at least be real about where the money went and why it wasn't as effective as hoped. But no republican in their right mind that was in office since 2010 will say a darn thing about it as they will have to answer questions about what their republican governors, congressfolks and others actually did with it.

    July 31, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    NYC REPUB

    The GOP reject this new "bargain" at their own peril....Even major GOP heads that are not te partiers are saying it s a damn good step.....
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    It contains nearly the same corporate tax proposed changes as the Ryan Plan. The hyper-right obstructionists block it at their own peril .... and everyone else with an "R" behind their name.
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    While everyon's focus is on the corporate tax rate cut, few are talking about the proposed INCREASE in government spending that occurs in the very same "Grand Bargain". Didn't the left hammer Bush for the same thing? .

    July 31, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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