Boehner's favorability at pre-shutdown levels

House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) favorability rating has returned to the level he received before the government shutdown in October, a new poll suggests.

According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, 32 percent of the public views Boehner favorably, while half views him unfavorably.

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Fewer people, 27 percent, viewed Boehner favorably during the October shutdown, Gallup says. Slightly more than half viewed him unfavorably.

The latest ratings mirror those he received in April 2013.

Gallup has surveyed people about Boehner’s image since 2009 and says he's received more unfavorable ratings than favorable.

In January 2011, however, Boehner was viewed more favorably than unfavorably when he became Speaker of the House after the GOP won control in the 2010 midterm elections.

The results from the new poll came from a survey conducted from Feb. 6 to 9.

The poll comes just a day after Boehner met with President Obama in the Oval Office to discuss a range of issues.

Their meeting was the first one-on-one they had since December 2012. They covered issues including ObamaCare, Afghanistan, the appropriations process and trade. 

They also discussed immigration reform, which Obama wants Congress to pass this year. Boehner recently said the Republicans couldn’t make progress on the issue until they could trust Obama.

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