Boehner's favorability takes a fall
April 27th, 2011
03:49 PM ET
10 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. the situation

    I guess the big crybaby will start pushing tears in eyes after this.

    April 27, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Jay

    Oh don't let him know that. He might start crying like my three year old often does.

    April 27, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Speaker, resolve this crazy debt limit uncertainty now and I will allow your ratings to rise. The debt limit needs to be raised to at least cover this year's budget that you worked out and agreed upon with Democrats. The American people see the Republican Party as reneging on at least this year's budget.

    April 27, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |

    He will cry soon.

    April 27, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCIST -aka- Mammon

    The Teatards intend on giving him a primary challenger. That just goes to show how the "traditional" republican party has been hijacked. I don't consider these republicans in the 112th Congress the Party of Lincoln. Bonehead has no control over the fringe in his caucus.

    April 27, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Thomas

    He just needs to cry more often.

    April 27, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. rs

    I dunno. Maybe if Boehner and the other Republican Tea Party guys would actually DO SOMETHING for the majority of Americans for a change, we might think they did more than just use up oxygen.

    Really- Republicans seem to only exist to make sure life is cushy for the ubber rich, and for giant corporation to make obscene profits (and that they pay no taxes). When the going gets tough- rape the poor and middle class. They are sure as shooting lying to you if they say they want to lower the debt or deficit, and they are lying if they say they are standing with you on any issue (if your net income is below $200k annually). Sure, they care about the unborn, but heaven help you if you are a poor child, disabled, or elderly- then life (your life) isn't too important to them. And whatever you do don't talk civil rights with them. They are a "White" party.

    Who needs these bums? We need a real American party to deal with the issues of the American people.

    April 27, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. a in austin

    This man will go down as one of the worst soh...where are the jobs?

    April 27, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Boehner campaigned on job creation – and has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT since elected, except float the same Republican BS that all we need to do is give even more money to the rich. Oh, and balance the resulting budget deficit on the backs of those in our society who are the most vulnerable.

    Tinkle-down economics don't work, Weeper. And two years from now, you and your GOP cronies will be booted out the door!

    April 27, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    He will cry again

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

    Oh man, now is this news going to make him cry? Is this a two hankie?

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

    Logic and compimise are good things John. You won the middle of the mindset.

    April 27, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Again, I wasn't polled. Had I been, his "favorability rating" would be in the sewer along with his other party members. I am glad it didn't take the American people long to find out this guy is just plain stupid. There is hope afterall.

    April 27, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. calamerica

    I turn the TV when he comes on. Flee Satan and he will flee you.

    April 27, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Soren

    Poor guy – Leave him alone.
    He is a decent, totally uninteresting, unimaginative average bloke, (like millions of other americans), who just happened to end up on top of a sick machine (GOP). He is scared out of his wits to make a mess of things. So he does occasionnally.
    The democrats are lucky to have him.

    April 27, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Martha in CF

    Boehner is about as bad as Trump, Palin, Bachmann etc. The comments he makes you know is being said on scary ground. He is either upsetting his party or the Tea Party. So sad...........

    April 27, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. al in memphis

    Hey johnny - Not so popular when you sit in the "get it done" chair. People know the difference between solutions and partisan politics. I know you miss the life of being able to just criticize and run.
    And don't think we are not on to this constant changing of the topics before people notice your coherts have little substance to help solve the very issue you are complaining about.

    April 27, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. diridi

    GOP thugs do not have any kind of credibility...o.k, just ignore these idiots, and move on...we have better things to do..than these idiots...

    April 27, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. bcrunner

    Surprise! Surprise!! Cry Baby Boehner or should I say Bonner is not so popular anymore... You cry once it's endearing.. you cry a second time, people will say STOP!! You cry again, and people will not respect you a bit. Nancy Pelosi had cojones compared to him...

    April 27, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Jaywing

    There will be croc tears to shed I'm sure.

    April 27, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Sebastian Kent

    Where are the JOBS!, JOBS!, JOBS ???

    It has been mover 1067 days since a Republican put forth any plan [dates, actions to take, a schedule, milestones/ metrics to assess progress, budget, resources, staffing] to accomplish anything that the American people care about –

    1.) Establishing an ENERGRY POLICY that gets America off of all OIL (which leads us to fight wars, finances terrorist nations, poisons the environment and makes our economy vulnerable to events we can't control )
    2.) Eliminating the National Debt which constricts our ability to fund new national priorities, puts pressure on inflation and raises interest rates.
    3.) Approval of all the FEDERAL JUDGES that are stuck in limbo in the Congress.

    For GOD's sake Boehner, DO SOMETHING! We are paying you, YOU KNOW !

    April 27, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. ART

    This man is an idiot with nothing constructive to say, now I hope I made him cry, blubbering idiot.

    April 27, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Bill

    The head of a party that has accomplished nothing. Except to blow gas, complain and try to undermine the president. The American people are on to this crap and 2012 will see a retaking of the House and Obama winning another term.

    April 27, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Speaker, you looked stressed out. Most comments here think you look like you want to cry. I know that look. I have seen it many times in the mirror. You look like you really want a cigarrette, but don't. Give Barry a call, and together you two fellas can quit for good. I'll bet he can help you out with that debt limit thing, too. He'll make a Democrat outta you yet.

    April 27, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner makes a fool of himself just recently saying "President Obama needs to grow up" when Boehner is a cry baby at the drop of a hat. Boehner needs a diaper and a baby bottle until he grows up and he's much older than Obama.

    April 27, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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