Obama far more popular with Americans than Boehner on handling of fiscal cliff negotiations

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 09:00 hrs

Majority of Americans disapproves of the role played by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in handling the fiscal cliff negotiations, a new poll has found.

According to a Washington Post/ABC Poll, Boehner saw a 20-point net negative rating, with 31 percent approving and 51 percent disapproving of his handling of the deal.

In contrast, President Barack Obama won a majority of support for his handling of the crisis, as 52 percent of Americans approved of his approach, while 37 percent disapproved, the Huffington Post reports.

The fiscal cliff's resolution gave a bump of several points to both politicians over their performances in a previous ABC/Post poll from December.

As a Pew poll released on Monday also showed, Boehner's low ratings come in large part from Republican unhappiness with his leadership.

While Obama has broad support from Democratic voters, just 38 percent of Republican voters approved of Boehner's work on the negotiations, the report added. (ANI)

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