Approval Rating – About Right

I think that Boehner has done more work across the aisles than Reid has done.  The minority leaders are largely behind the scenes.  But it doesn’t surprise me that Reid has the worst approval while all four of them are negative:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) holds the lowest net approval rating among House and Senate leadership — but others are not far behind.

According to a Gallup poll released Friday, Reid’s approval rating is 33 percent with 53 percent disapproving of his job performance, leaving him with a net rating of negative 20 percent.

Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), who leads the Republican majority in the House, holds a net approval rating of negative 17 percent, with 37 percent of people approving while 54 percent disapprove.

Both minority leaders in the House and Senate hold a net approval rating of negative 12 percent.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has a 35 percent approval rating, while 37 percent disapprove of him. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has the approval of 39 percent of people, but 51 percent disapprove.

3 responses to “Approval Rating – About Right

  1. Well, the difference between Reid and Boehner is hardly significant statistically. For the record, I like Boehner, I think he’s dealing with people in his own caucus that don’t want to do the work of compromising and making deals. But I actually approve of Boehner’s work, he’s trying hard to rid herd on a very rambunctious caucus.

  2. Boehner has done more work across the aisles than Reid has done

    Citation needed.

    • Citation needed.

      As leaders of each chamber, I think that Beohner has allowed more bi-partisan votes than Reid does.

      House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled Thursday that he may continue to bypass a House Republican rule that has required any legislation being voted upon to have the support of a majority of the GOP conference.

      Boehner has flouted the so-called “Hastert Rule” — named for former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) — on a few pieces of key legislation so far this year, which hasn’t sat well with some conservatives.

      He said at a news conference Thursday that he will continue to try and follow it in spirit, but also suggested he might well violate it for upcoming votes on guns, immigration and the budget.

      I’ve run organizations that decide things by formal vote – and I always allow votes on motions that I then vote against.

      It is my take that Reid doesn’t do that. And even when he does allow votes he uses procedure to fill amendment trees.

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