A plurality of voters approve of President Obama’s handling of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, while a strong majority disapprove of the job Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio) has done, according to a new poll.
Forty-seven percent said they approve of the way Obama has handled the talks to reach a deficit-reduction agreement, against 46 percent who said they disapprove, a BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE-getting-bad-reviews-on-fiscal-cliff-talks/" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/12/john-boehner-getting-bad-reviews-on-fiscal-cliff-talks/">Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday finds. Only 24 percent said they approve of the job Boehner has done, compared to 54 percent who disapprove.
Obama has overwhelming support from his own party, with 79 percent of Democrats saying they approve, against 15 percent who disapprove. Boehner, conversely, is barely above water within his party, with 39 percent saying they approve and 37 percent saying they disapprove.
While Boehner has been backed by GOP leadership in the negotiations — House Budget Committee Chairman and GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' MORE (R-Va.) both signed his first proposal to the White House — Boehner continues to struggle with some Tea Party conservatives who are urging him not to budge on higher tax rates.
Boehner's initial deficit offer to the White House included $800 billion in new tax revenues, but the Speaker is resisting Obama's push to raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2 percent.
Boehner has also been criticized recently by some in his party for his decision to strip four members — Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (R-Mich.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), David SchweikertDavid SchweikertLawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection We must address the declining rate of startup business launches Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — of high-profile committee assignments.
The move triggered opposition from outside conservative groups that have undertaken efforts to replace Boehner as Speaker. But those calls have not received support from within the caucus.
While Amash has said he might not back Boehner to retain the gavel, Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTikTok, Snapchat executives to make Capitol Hill debuts Senator asks Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify at hearing on kids' safety TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat executives to testify at Senate hearing on kids' safety MORE (R-Tenn.) on Sunday confidently predicted he would remain Speaker.