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.


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  1. Tom

    This is just another example of delusional Republican thinking. Obama's approval is still 30 points higher than Congress. For Boehner to flag Obama's declining poll numbers is simply insane. Much of the decline in Obama's approval rating is the result of recent Republican mud slinging - phony investigations, apocalyptic hand wringing by conservative talking heads and the constant stream of GOP misinformation about the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile the childish obstructionism by Republicans in Congress is what really has voters angry and Boehner is a huge part of the problem.

    July 31, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Laverne

    yeah, he should have kept his mouth shut since his polls numbers are way worse than obama's. Also, He is the worse speaker in recent history. He talks a lot, but never says anything of substance!

    July 31, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. TomInRochNY

    @Al-NY,NY

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

    _________

    I always thought he was more of an orangy color.

    July 31, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. just sayin

    sniffin and the looney left think the way to fix our economy is to spend trillions in borrowed money on road repaving and bridge repair. And then there is pelosi that thinks pumping up the food stamp rolls stimulates the economy too.

    obama and the democrats got their $800 billion (actually far more if you include all the other gimmicks) and umemployment was supposed to be at what level right now? 5%? what were the promises and the dire warnings back when the porkulus was passed? all leftist lies and bs. and then they attack, regulate every business in sight and then destroy our healthcare system with the ultimate failure, obamacare.

    and that is why we have the worse economic recovery in our nations history. all businesses know obama wants toi use them as a private piggy bank for his socialist agenda. they will not be expanding their employment until this president is out of office.

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

    just askin wrote:

    i wonder why the lsm isn't asking obama why our unemployment rate isn't at 5% like they projected? ... ... ...
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    Because the Obama administration never made such a projection, that's why not.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    July 31, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Neither Obama nor Boehner are dealing with their jobs well.

    July 31, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. anonymoose

    If we could just borrow and spend another $5 TRILLION on make work government projects (dare I say shovel ready?!) I am sure our country would be much better off and there would be practically no unemployemnt. I mean that last trillion or two did so well. I mean we had the Summer of Recovery from Joe Biden right?

    The sad truth is that we now have a new normal of high unemployment because of Obama and his far left policies. And things will get worse as employers have started to shift to part time workers to avoid Obamacare. Even Obama's staunch supporters, the labor unions, have said it is going to destroy the middle class worker. I wonder who they will blame for all this? Of course it couldn't be the Democrats hair brained scheme to rework one sixth of our economy with a 2,400 page bill that nobody bothered to read before passin git.

    July 31, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. 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.

    July 31, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Well if it ain't the orange pot calling the kettle black.......

    just asking commented about the union public schools....Maybe if he had gone to one, he would have a better grasp on proper grammar. I laugh each and every time I read one of these posts from someone thinking they are superior to the POTUS with their 7th grade education. Hater.

    July 31, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    You WISH your numbers were that good crybaby! The President's approval rating is THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN YOUR'S. If your number were that high you would be wailing that you had a mandate!

    July 31, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. uhhuh

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

    Mr Boehner, have you looked at your own poll numbers?

    July 31, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. lolo

    The shame is that the GOP/TP Klan are so full of hatred and racism they cannot see the forest for the trees. If they would just admit it then America can move forward. They are such cowards. All of their obstructionist has nothing to do with policies, constitution or anything else. Heck most of them have never read the constitution or bills that are sent to them. Like now they are saying no before the plan is even laid out. Please wake up America and vote these clowns out for 2014. They are not doing anything for America or its citizens. I wish I could get paid a six fugure salary for doing nothing. That is our tax dollars being wasted. If we cut out their salaries we would save a lot of money.

    July 31, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Liberal&Proud

    Scott...what are you smoking??Obama working for the rich.........seriously. What parallel teaparty universe are you living in?

    July 31, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. teaparty days are numbered

    well we all know the GOP congress are doing their job, if you call obstructing a job, and wasting taxpayers dollars to do it.

    July 31, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Hogan's Goat

    Weeper of the House is the poster boy for Teabaggers Own My Party Now®, a support group for those who wish there was more financial conservatism and less social conservatism in the former Grand Old Party. By 2016, experts predict the former GOP will have splintered into Libertarian, Tea Party, Benghazi, and a much-reduced Republican Party, which may never manage to form a coalition large enough to take governorships or the presidency again.

    July 31, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    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.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Considering the President's poll numbers are three times higher than the rethug congress, I think the American people blame THEM. As for President Obama not caring for the middle class, that's just guilt-induced projection on your part.

    July 31, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Pam from Iowa

    Boehner puts his foot in his mouth every time he opens it!
    He would fare better if he kept it shut!
    Then he could be the 'say nothing", "do nothing" Speaker of the House!
    We already know the man is not capable of cutting himself out of a room made of butter with a blow torch!

    July 31, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    What's with crybaby's posture? And that look on his face is priceless! I swear that's exactly the stance and reaction I get from my four year old grandson when I tell him he has to have dinner before dessert! Maybe the President told him he can't have a brewski until he and his rethug cohorts do some work!

    July 31, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Paul

    Corporate Tax Breaks isn't that the backbone of the GOP trickle down theory? If the GOP congress folks can't find a way to reach over the isle on this one and work to a comprimise, its pretty clear here which sides agenda is nothing but political motivations and nothing to do with helping the country move forward.

    July 31, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Scott

    Considering the President's poll numbers are three times higher than the rethug congress, I think the American people blame THEM. As for President Obama not caring for the middle class, that's just guilt-induced projection on your part.

    _____________________________________________________
    Not guilt,however you see things only one way, its time for you to stop believing everything OBama tells you. THink on your own, Obama has constantly shown disbain for Congress, both Democrats and Republicans. He thinks his way is the only way.

    July 31, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Scott

    Liberal&Proud

    Scott...what are you smoking??Obama working for the rich.........seriously. What parallel teaparty universe are you living in?
    _______________________
    You seem to enjoy drinking the Obama kool aid and seeing things thru rose color glasses, I submit what are you drinking.

    July 31, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Jean

    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. Too bad Obama won't stop campaigning (at tax payers expense) for two minutes to pick up the phone and call, or take a walk and visit with, Boehner or any of the other repub leaders in Congress and Senate. It's funny how lefties are so quick to jump on Boehner when they have a leader who won't negotiate seriously and won't give republicans the time of day. He has a bully pulpit and a fawning media that he plays to – he uses the media and campaign trips to push his agenda meanwhile Boehner's lucky if he gets 1/10th the media time Obama gets. No wonder republicans can't get their messages out – the media focuses on Obama's messages which are skewed, often lies, about everything from Benghazi to the IRS to his so-called "jobs grand bargain". All wool over the eys of the American people pulled down by the Obama-fawning media.

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

    @Paul

    Corporate Tax Breaks isn't that the backbone of the GOP trickle down theory? If the GOP congress folks can't find a way to reach over the isle on this one and work to a comprimise, its pretty clear here which sides agenda is nothing but political motivations and nothing to do with helping the country move forward.
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    It is not as simple as that. The bargain is to reduce corporate taxes and INCREASE government spending.

    July 31, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. rs

    Mr. Boenher's plan is working perfectly. He has lost control of the House, and because of that the Republican Party is now being driven by their own Frankenstein's monster- the TEA Party. It is interesting watching Christie and McCain trying to beat back the tide. It may just be too late.

    July 31, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    Dear God

    PLEASE let the voters in Ohio wake up and see what their votes for that man, Boehner, have done to the entire country. And let them change their votes and repent.

    Amen

    July 31, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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