Poll: Most want John Boehner ousted
By LUCY MCCALMONT | 10/21/13 6:43 AM EDT
As anger toward the Republican Party grows, a majority of Americans say a GOP-controlled House is bad for the country and want Speaker John Boehner replaced, according to a new poll out Monday.
Fifty-four percent of those surveyed say it is a bad thing that Republicans control the House, up 11 percentage points since December 2012, while 38 percent say it is a good thing, the CNN/ORC poll shows. This is the first time a majority is unhappy with the GOP controlling the House since the party gained control of the chamber in the 2010 midterm elections. Boehner should go, a view expressed by nearly half of those within his own party. Only 30 percent support his leadership, the poll showed.
These numbers follow a disastrous week for the Republican Party that saw all-time lows in approval ratings during the government shutdown.
Less than a week since the shutdown ended, Congress still sees poor approval ratings with only 12 percent approving the job it’s doing, only 2 points away from the record low.
Concerning President Barack Obama, 52 percent disapprove of the job he is doing, while 44 percent say they have more confidence in Obama than the GOP in handling major issues.
The CNN/ORC poll was conducted Oct. 18-20 and surveyed 841 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.