Poll: Boehner's favorable rating tanks

Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) favorability rating has dropped to the lowest level since he took on his leadership position after the 2010 elections, according to a new poll. 

A CNN poll released Tuesday shows Boehner’s favorability rating hanging at 27 percent, down 6 points since last month. The number of people who hold an unfavorable view of him shot up 7 points to 55 percent — his highest rating ever.

Among Republicans, his favorability dropped 9 percent.

Boehner’s numbers follow an overall downward trend of the Republican Party a week after leaders came to an agreement to end the 16-day shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing limit. 

Sixty-four percent of the public holds an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also saw their favorability ratings drop. 

McConnell’s rating dropped to 23 percent. It already stood at 27 percent before the shutdown. His rating dropped 11 percent among Republicans.

Cruz, who helped lead the charge to defund ObamaCare which ultimately led to the government shutdown, saw a 7 percent drop in his favorability rating since last month. Only 23 percent of people hold a favorable view of the freshman senator, while 42 percent hold an unfavorable view. 

Earlier results from the CNN poll released Monday found that 54 percent of people thought GOP control of the House is a bad thing. It also found that 63 percent of people thought Boehner should be ousted from his leadership position. 

On the other hand, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a vocal critic of the defunding effort, saw his favorability rating increase 2 points to 48 percent. 

Democratic leaders in Congress seem to have come out of the shutdown unscathed. In some cases, they actually saw their unfavorable ratings drop. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (R-Nev.) favorability rating remained at 30 percent, while he saw his unfavorable rating drop 5 points to 40 percent.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (R-Calif.) rating of 37 percent did not move, while her unfavorable rating dropped 4 points to 47 percent. 

The poll surveyed 841 adults and contains a 3.5 percent margin of error.

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