Gallup: In Wake of Spending Deal, Boehner’s Favorable Rating Down Among Republicans

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 28, 2011 | 12:40 PM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) talks on the phone with President Barack Obama as they work on a spending deal on April 8, 2011. (Congressional photo)

( - A newly released USA Today/Gallup poll conducted the week after President Barack Obama signed a fiscal 2011 spending bill he had negotiated with House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) reveals that Boehner’s favorable rating has dropped among Democrats, Independents--and Republicans.

The poll showed that since January Boehner's favorable rating had dropped 8 points overall (from 42 percent to 34 percent) and 9 points among Republicans (from 65 percent to 56 percent).

It also showed Boehner’s unfavorable rating at 34 percent, a 12-point increase from January.

From April 20-23, Gallup asked more than 1,000 people whether they had “a favorable or unfavorable” opinion of Boehner. Thirty-four percent said they had a favorable opinion, 34 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion, 18 percent said they never heard of Boehner and 14 percent had no opinion of the speaker.

When Gallup had asked the same question from Jan. 14-16, almost twice as many Americans had said they had a favorable opinion of Boehner as had an unfavorable opinion. At that time, 42 percent said they had a favorable opinion of the speaker, 22 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion, 19 percent said they had never heard of him, and 16 percent had no opinion.

Since January, Boehner’s favorable rating has dropped from 65 percent to 56 percent among Republicans, 39 percent to 29 percent among Independents, and 25 percent to 20 percent among Democrats.

Boehner’s unfavorable rating has particularly increased among Independents, climbing from 23 percent in January to 40 percent last week.

On April 15, President Obama signed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal 2011. The CR was the result of a deal cut between Obama, Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.). According to Boehner and Reid the CR would cut spending by $78.5 billion from President Obama’s original fiscal 2011 budget proposal. That would still leave fiscal 2011 spending at a level $773 billion higher than fiscal 2008 spending—the fiscal year before the bank-industry bailout and President Obama’s economic stimulus proposal.

The spending deal did not prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood or funding for implementation of Obamacare.

Fifty-nine House Republicans voted against the Boehner-Obama-Reid budget deal. Fifteen Republicans voted against it in the Senate.