New Gallup Poll Shows Speaker Boehner’s Popularity Rating Way Below President Obama’s

boehner-very-sadRepublicans often like to say the phrase, “We’re listening to the American people and they’re telling us (fill in the blank)!”  Which, as we all know, is complete nonsense.

If Republicans in Congress were listening to the majority of the American people:

  • Gay marriage would be legal.
  • Background checks would be required on all gun purchases.
  • We would have sensible immigration reform.
  • The government would have never been shut down last year.

Just for starters.  There are several other pieces of legislation that would have been implemented into law by now if Republicans really did listen to the majority of Americans.  But we all know Republicans aren’t listening to the American people.  They’re listening to the right-wing radicals who’ve hijacked the Republican party since the United States dared to elect its first African-American president.


Well, for all their rhetoric about Obama and how the American people aren’t as “high” on him as they once were, they really have no room to talk.

For starters, the favorability rating of Congress hovers somewhere around 9-15% on any given week.  Favorability ratings for Congress have, of course, plummeted since 2010 when Republicans took control of the House and tea party Republicans took control of the Republican party.

Now I know some will dismiss this as, “Well, that’s the whole Congress vs. one guy – of course their numbers are going to be lower!”

Which is fine, and might make for a more valid argument – except the leading Republican in Congress, John Boehner, isn’t exactly doing all that great himself.

A new Gallup Poll shows Boehner’s favorability rating at 32%.  Meanwhile, President Obama’s went up to 52%.

To put my Texas education to work for you, that’s a 20 percent higher number of Americans who view the president more favorably than John Boehner.

Yet Republicans want to say that Americans overwhelmingly oppose Obama’s policies?  Really?

Congressional favorability numbers are about as low as they can get and the most powerful Republican in Congress has a favorability rating 20 points lower than President Obama’s.


Now I know Republicans don’t like science or math – and polls like this consist of both – but that doesn’t change the fact that these poll numbers not only show that far more Americans favor President Obama (and thus his policies), but they overwhelmingly favor them.

But as always, these numbers won’t have any impact on far right Republicans.  Reality doesn’t matter to these people.  As I’ve said numerous times to them, it’s all about what they want to be real instead of what actually is real.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Gerald Tubbs

    In the real world with the exception of Washington, when one
    fails to perform their job duties said person would receive a pink slip. I
    might be confused but isn’t the job duties of the Speaker of the House to keep things moving along and relive the grid lock?

    Speaker Boehner doesn’t perform these duties but yet compounds
    the problem, him and his republican colleagues would rather hold America but the throat. We still live in a majority rules country! We know you hate Obama-care and yes it’s going take several years for the country to work out the kinks. That is no excuse to lead us down the path of a government shutdown.

    Speaker Boehner we know you hate President Obama and his polices,
    but the MAJORITY of us are OK with them. He has indeed stumbled a few times in my opinion but not enough for me to completely push him aside, unlike you. You’re out dated views are killing the very core our country and sometimes I feel as if you and republican colleagues are trying in every form to push this country into a civil war. And more bloodshed over outdated ideologies isn’t the answer.

    • Bendwat

      Gerald I love the inadvertent but so true typo in the first paragraph where you say it’s the Speaker’s job to ‘relive’ the gridlock. That’s his most favoritest thing.

  • chapril

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Well Boehner, for over 5 years you’ve stalled to show what a good conservative and supporter of the extreme right you are. Can’t you just feel the love you’ve generated ?

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Boehner doesn’t care about his rating nor the American people. What he cares about is his retirement in the condo the American taxpayers just bought him in Florida for a mere $865,000.00. (That’s how much they tell us they paid for it)..Uh huh!!

    • Bine646

      Cool- Barack was looking at million dollar properties in Hawaii, sooo