Republicans continue to lack popular leader liked by Americans, finds poll

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:51 hrs

Republicans lack a national leader who is liked by the majority of Americans, a new poll has found.

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll has found that both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are viewed favorably by, ironically, 47 percent of likely voters.

The GOP nominee has ridden into the sunset since losing last month, though he did pop up at a boxing match Saturday night, Politico reports.

The man Romney picked as his running mate has returned to his perch at the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

"The Republicans are in real need of a leader," Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who helped conduct the bipartisan poll, said.

"The Republicans need a new spokesman. They haven't got a popular voice out there. They're hard-pressed to put Ryan forward because of his positions on Medicare and Social Security," he said.

The poll found that President Barack Obama is viewed favorably by 52 percent of Americans, and his job approval rating is 50 percent.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, commands a 60 percent favorability rating in the poll conducted last week.

She's viewed positively by 87 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans.

According to the poll, only 29 percent see House Speaker John Boehner, the lead Republican negotiator in fiscal cliff talks, in a positive light. Thirty-four percent view him negatively and 24 percent have never heard of him.

Many Republican heavyweights view Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, as a star 2016 contender, the report added. (ANI)

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