In 'fiscal cliff' fight, Obama gets better marks than Boehner
President Obama's approval rating is at a three-year high; Speaker Boehner's is at an all-time low, and a majority of Americans view the GOP as too extreme. Is Boehner's position in danger?
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(Thirty-seven percent said they would blame the president more, with 11 percent saying they would blame both sides equally if they don’t find a way to avoid the fiscal cliff.)Skip to next paragraph
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Meanwhile, the Rasmussen polling organization reported Friday, “House Speaker John Boehner has now unseated his Democratic predecessor Nancy Pelosi as the least-liked major congressional leader, a title Pelosi has held for several years.”
Rasmussen’s new national telephone survey finds that 51 percent of likely voters now view Boehner unfavorably, while 50 percent feel that way about Pelosi. Just 31 percent have a favorable opinion of the Ohio congressman, compared to 37 percent who look favorably on the San Francisco Democrat, Rasmussen reports.
A question for the GOP is whether it’s the message or the main messenger – Boehner – that’s the problem.
“A majority of Americans (53 percent) say the Republicans’ problem is that they are overly conservative and unconcerned ‘with the welfare of the people, particularly those in the lower and middle income levels’,” reports the Post “By contrast, 38 percent say the bigger issue is that Republicans ‘need a better leader to explain and win support’ for their policies.”
Partisan differences here are worth noting.
“In the new poll, nearly two-thirds of self-described Republicans see insufficient leadership and explanation of policies as the reason the party has endured a string of popular vote defeats,” writes the Post’s Chris Cillizza. “About eight in 10 Democrats take the opposing view – that the issue with the GOP is that it is too conservative from a policy perspective – as do a slim majority of political independents.”
Does that mean Boehner’s position as Speaker is in danger?
“There's plenty of internal grumbling about the Ohio Republican, especially among conservatives, and lots of buzzing about whether his leadership post is in jeopardy,” writes the AP’s Alan Fram. “But it's uncertain whether any other House Republican has the broad appeal to seize the job from Boehner or whether his embarrassing inability to pass his own bill preventing tax increases on everyone but millionaires is enough to topple him.”
CNN reports one piece of good news for the Republicans in its survey: “Most Americans say that it's good for the country that the GOP controls the House, an indication that the public would not like to see the Democrats with unchecked power in Washington.”
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