Boehner's favorability takes a fall
April 27th, 2011
03:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Boehner's favorability takes a fall

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.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. rob

    Lets compare this poll to what Nancy Pelosi was polling, 14% favorablilty. All we have to remember about Nancy Pelosi and the last two Congresses is the statement "We have to pass the bill so you can find out whats in it" . This statement encapsulates the Democrat party contempt for the American people and individule liberty. This year the federal govt is paying out more benifits to individuals than it is taking in in revenue., 45% of Americans pay no net income taxes. With the other entitlement priograms going broke, the Dems and President Obama are creating a huge new health care entitlement that will cost TRILLIONS MORE and make more Americans dependant on Govt.

    The American people are much smarter than the Dems give them credit for and can get there news from sources other than the main stream liberal media.

    Nov. 2012, can't come fast enough.

    April 27, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Jamie from Riverside

    Cry me a river, you crybaby!

    April 27, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Realistic

    The man has emotions and he gets all teary eyed when he can't give more to those poor little rich people. The rich are suffering in this economy and that saddens Mr.B. He is human by the way thats why he so emotional.

    April 27, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Average Joe

    The GOP lied about jobs being their top priority.

    April 27, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. don

    It will "Continue to fall " ! He lied to the American people? The whole Gop Lied? The Tea Extremist are directly tied to him and all Republicans' Corporate Puppets! They are the worst they,ve ever been in their history? You better do something about Trump and Palin,Rand and southern Senators racist behavior,or your party will dissappear!!!! Dah?

    April 27, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    I'm sure somewhere in the shadows Nancy Pelosi is just laughing and laughing.

    April 27, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |

    Mr. Boner, where are the jobs, jobs, jobs that you promised. You and the rest of the GOP liars have not proposed one single jobs bill. Just more GOP lies. Enjoy your last year in congress, your gone in 2012.

    April 27, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Kim

    He's ineffective. He's much more suited for a bar than congress. I'm personally enjoying his slow painful demise.

    April 27, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Boytjie

    Too bad he is not from Texas, they can you us a cry-me-a-river guy

    April 27, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Sgt Joe

    This guy is the epitomy of a schmoozy manipulator who's hell bent on catering to the wealthy and corporations with little regard for the middle class. Who did not see this coming? It's all about power. Yep, bring on the tears!

    April 27, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Bessy

    AW !!!! Why did you have to go and print this ? He will be crying all day and night. All the way to the bank I might add !

    April 27, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. rusty155

    That OK because after these talk about the dept ceiling and about Paul Ryan budget Plan , He and a lot more Republican will not be like to much. I would even say a lot of them will be looking for new JOBS IN 2012. American People are trier of the Republican and Tea Party screwing the American people that are not RICH. President don't need a lot of money for him to win in 2012, I the Republican are going to hand It to him If they mess with medicare or Medicaid and Social Security. Just wait and see.

    April 27, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Bessy

    AW !!!! Why did you have to go and print this ? Poor man ! He will be crying all day and night. All the way to the bank I might add !

    April 27, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. ambros Smith

    Honeymoon is over. Where are those jobs you were babbling about??? Remember November!!

    April 27, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. shoegazer

    I guess there will be no"Sally Fields moment" for John"the whiner"Boehner.

    April 27, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Sgt Schultz

    Boener basically is Old-School and 100% committed to his Big $ Lobbyist drinking bud's. Remember this is the same man that admitted to handing-out checks directly from lobbyist right on the floor of Congress. It doesn't get any more obvious than that.
    Although unfortunately there are quite a few Democrats that are part of this problem as well. But it is much worse in the Republican party.

    April 27, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    John Boehner is a stupid, petty, emotionally unstable, corrupt, vice-ridden little child. That 70% of Republicans thought favorably of him speaks volumes about conservatives.

    April 27, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. david

    wow it took long enough....

    April 27, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. david

    where are the Jobs! Where is the jobs bill you promised everyone?

    April 27, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. annie s

    Since the Republicans won control of the House their " jobs" agenda has consisted of trying to redefine rape, trying to cut funding for women's health issues, trying to pass legislation that says no federal funds can be used for abortion – even though no federal funding is used for abortions, repealing the healthcare bill, voting for a budget that will end Medicare and hiring a lawyer to defend DOMA. Then of course there was that all important trip Boehner and 7 buddies took to Iraq and Afghanistan. The laughs are on the American people.

    April 27, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I saw Boo-Hoo Boner's ratings swirling down a manhole in Washington D.C., and Boo-Hoo wailing running after them!!!

    April 27, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    First of all, what favorability? From orange chain smoking drunks?
    I am a woman and I don't cry as often as the weeper of the house does. He's an insult to men and women on this planet.

    April 27, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Jake

    it's actually lower than that, because nobody polled me! HE IS JUST TERRIBLE! primary focus on jobs and economy? puh-LEAZE!

    April 27, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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