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January 02, 2015

Poll: Republicans Prefer Anyone Else to Boehner

Okay, "someone else" would be more accurate.

Geraghty digests a poll of Republicans finding "tepid" support for John Boehner, and majority support for a new leader.

When asked whether they agree with the statement, " trust House Speaker John Boehner to fight for the issues that are important to most Republicans,"52 percent agreed, 37 percent disagreed. Only 13 percent strongly agreed, 18 percent strongly disagreed.

Okay, a bare majority agrees he'll "fight" for Republican priorities. How effective do they think he'll be?

When asked whether they agree with the statement, "Speaker Boehner has been ineffective in opposing President Obama’s agenda", 64 percent agreed, 24 percent disagreed. An entire 29 percent strongly agreed, only 9 percent strongly disagreed.

Sounds about right. And this seems pretty bad for Boehner:

When asked whether they agree with the statement, "House Speaker John Boehner has the best interests of the American public at heart, rather than special interests", 44 percent agreed, 43 percent disagreed. Only 9 percent strongly agreed, and 20 percent strongly disagreed. 34% of respondents say they'd "definitely" prefer someone else.

60% of Republicans would prefer if a new man takes the Speakership, 34% saying they'd "definitely" prefer that.

No one is announcing a challenge to Boehner. I guess this poll is intended to gauge the likelihood of success of such a bid.

It seems there is a public desire for someone else in the Speaker's role, if only House Republicans would actually rise up to the occasion.

Shots Fired: Representative Jim Bridenstine (R, TX OK) just announced he will not be supporting Boehner as speaker.


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