Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner (R-Ohio) has enjoyed a slight uptick in popularity since Republicans won big in last week's elections, a new poll found Wednesday.

Thirty-four percent said they had a favorable impression of Boehner — up from 27 percent who expressed a similar opinion of Boehner before the election.

Twenty-six percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Boehner, a new USA Today/Gallup poll found Wednesday, while 40 percent of U.S. adults said they were unfamiliar with the House GOP leader.

The poll suggests that while a large part of the public — two in five Americans — have yet to familiarize themselves with the Republican leader, he starts with a decent base of support, especially compared to outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose poor approval ratings were seen as a drag on Democrats' performance at the polls this fall.

Two-thirds of Republicans express a favorable opinion of Boehner, who must manage both establishment Republicans and more conservative, Tea Party factions during the next two years as Speaker. Boehner is unlikely to face a challenge to becoming Speaker this time around, and only 30 percent of U.S. adults said they had an unfavorable view of him.

Boehner also enjoys a slight edge, 30-24 percent, among independents, a 7-point jump among that bloc since the election, according to Gallup.

The poll, conducted Nov. 4-7, has a 4 percent margin of error.