Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Now that the new Congress is fully settled in, favorability ratings have dropped for all of the top leaders except Speaker of the House John Boehner.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Boehner, including 16% with a Very Favorable opinion. Thirty-four percent (34%) hold an unfavorable view, with 14% who view him Very Unfavorably. These findings are virtually unchanged from a month ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Prior to being elected speaker of the house, more than one-third of voters did not know enough about Boehner to have an opinion of him. Now, just 19% are not sure about the new Republican speaker, down from 21% last month and the mid- to high 30s as recently as August.
Boehner received a spike in favorable ratings to 41% in November as media coverage of him increased following the GOP takeover of the House in the midterm elections. Prior to that survey, Boehner's favorables had stayed in a range of 21% to 32% since Barack Obama took office in January 2009.
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, now House minority leader, remains the least popular congressional leader, as she has for some time. Just 28% now have a favorable view of the Democratic leader, down seven points from last month. The new finding includes 12% with a Very Favorable view. Sixty-four percent (64%) view Pelosi unfavorably, with 48% who regard her Very Unfavorably.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on February 20-21, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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