Boehner throws polling punch on president
July 31st, 2013
12:07 PM ET
9 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.


Filed under: John Boehner • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    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."
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    I would bet anyone $10,000 that he was smiling as he said that.

    July 31, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. rs

    I think Mr. Boehner is on really thin ice here. More people clearly approve of the job he is doing than either Congress, Republicans as a whole, or the Republican leadership. Americans are fair minded- Obama has been working all sorts of ways to fix the economy- something the public still holds the GOP responsible for- meanwhile they see 5 years of GOP obstructionism. Really- all they have is they want to repeal laws as their accomplishment? They've even failed at that.

    July 31, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    So, this is what we are going to get from Congress for the next 3 years? Squabbling over poll numbers?

    July 31, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. just sayin

    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.
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    it is a very sad commentary on this country that after 4.5 years of record unemployment and record debt, 46% of the country thinks this fool is doing a good job. it is proof positive that our leftist union controlled public schools are a failure and that the welfare mentality has taken hold of at least 46% of the country. our future is not bright.

    July 31, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Boehner then got pulled over by a Capitol Building security guard after hopping in the Mission Accomplished Mobile and weaving in and out of traffic down the hallway...he promptly blew a 0.3 BAL and was sentenced to a mid-morning nap.

    July 31, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "it is a very sad commentary on this country that after 4.5 years of record unemployment and record debt, 46% of the country thinks this fool is doing a good job"

    Yeah! Everyone in the country was supposed to not notice that the GOP/Teatrolls have done everything they possibly could to manufacture and prolong that situation in order to blame it on him!!!! It's so unfair!!!

    July 31, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Sniffit

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

    I think the American people are reacting appropriately to the fact that we have a CONGRESS that is not getting the job done.

    FIFY, Beaker. GFY

    July 31, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Mr. Boehner, 12% is the last approval poll I saw of Congress.

    July 31, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Joi Gibson

    Folks who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

    July 31, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. rs

    it is a very sad commentary on this country that after 4.5 years of record unemployment and record debt, 46% of the country thinks this fool is doing a good job. it is proof positive that our leftist union controlled public schools are a failure and that the welfare mentality has taken hold of at least 46% of the country. our future is not bright.
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    I would offer that what that scenerio might mean is that the American public no longer views Republicans-and their endless, mindless complaints- while they do nothing, as being credible.

    July 31, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. rs

    Wait a minute.... I thought Republicans thought polls were some sort of global conspiracy, and weren't meant to be viewed as fact?

    July 31, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    This GOP is totally dead. At least for a decade or so. Out of question.

    July 31, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    you're one to talk Tan Man....

    July 31, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    This country would have been flourishing if it was not for the do nothing bitter boys of congress! Vote the GOP out in 2014!
    Get your PHOTO ID NOW!

    July 31, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    The American People are po'ed at all of Govt. That's part of the GOP strategy. I think they've been blinded by their hatred of Obama to the point of drowning themselves at a faster rate than damage to Obama. The American People ain't stupid Repubs.; we see what you're doing.

    July 31, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. just askin

    i wonder why the lsm isn't asking obama why our unemployment rate isn't at 5% like they projected? the country has spent trillions in various borrowed money and tax holidays and printing money endlessly to buy our own debt. the only reason the unemployment has dropped at all is because people have dropped out of the labor force because they can't find a job. the actual unemployment rate is probably over 10%. where is the lsm coverage of this obama failure? oh yeah. they sol dus on obama so to know admit he's a failure would make them look like propaganda tools. which is exactly what they are.

    July 31, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This country would have been flourishing if it was not for the do nothing bitter boys of congress! Vote the GOP out in 2014!
    Get your PHOTO ID NOW!"

    Oh, yes! Indeed, we Americans have lived with 8 years of economic destruction, and another 5 years of economic obstruction. All courtesy of the Grand Old Party and it's membership of whiny children not fit to govern.

    July 31, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. greasemonkey

    Obama's poll numbers are the LAST thing that Boehner should be bringing up..............as Obama's numbers are FAR higher than his..........

    July 31, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Scott

    Good on you Mr.Speaker, remind this wanna be dictator, the people of this country are not to happy. THe public is finally waking up to the smoke and mirrors that the White House is running. Obama working for the rich as he sure in heck does not giva a darn about the middle class.

    July 31, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. 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.....

    July 31, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Larry in Houston

    LOL . . . this is coming from Who ? the spkr of the house where their "poll" numbers are only 6% ?? yeah, righ, bonehead, I can't wait til the people vote your butt out, and send you back to Cincinnati – at least you will get benefits & a pension for life, while sitting at the bar, watching sports. LOL . . .

    July 31, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. ladyjag

    If not for the REPUBLICANS, our economy would be better. The REPUBLICAN PARTY, on womens issues is way out of date. We need to find a way to fire each and every one, are youlistening Mr. Speaker. Boy do I hope he is voted out of office along with McConnell. both are nut cases.

    July 31, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. quinLee

    somebody pass this guy another drink and some sunscreen. and poor old Mitch should just do us all a favor and just check into Shady Pines. wonder if these two ever wish the GOP had never catered to the crazies and played on their fear, hatred and ignorance. now that the beast is unleashed it is eating everything around it.

    July 31, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Babyboomer

    Pot meet Kettle. How did he make those comments with a straight face...

    July 31, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Scott

    Lynda/Minnesota

    "This country would have been flourishing if it was not for the do nothing bitter boys of congress! Vote the GOP out in 2014!
    Get your PHOTO ID NOW!"

    Oh, yes! Indeed, we Americans have lived with 8 years of economic destruction, and another 5 years of economic obstruction. All courtesy of the Grand Old Party and it's membership of whiny children not fit to govern.
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    Maybe if Obama Came to congress and make an honest effort. Insted he just issues exec orders. Talk about a Dictator, he clearly has made it know he does not approve of the constitution, instead he wants to step all over it. As long as he has people he can con, he will keep doing nothing, Like he has for the past five years. Can't blame the Republicans any more. The ball is in his court. Come 2016 Republicans will rule.

    July 31, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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