Friday, September 25, 2015

Boehner Departs As Least-Popular Speaker In Three Decades

By Scott Clement, Sep 25, 2015 Washington Post

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his resignation Friday at a time of record personal unpopularity, after leading Congress through a period where public approval of the body hit new record lows.

In August, a Gallup poll found 54 percent of Americans holding unfavorable views of Boehner and 23 percent favorable. Despite his position, nearly one-quarter had no opinion of him (23 percent). Boehner's best ratings came immediately after his election as speaker in 2011, following massive Republican victories in the midterm elections, where nearly twice as many had positive as negative impressions (42 percent favorable, 22 unfavorable). The honeymoon was brief, as his ratings slid to an even split by April (34-34).

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