Tuesday, 25 January 2011

John Boehner on the way up

Although I follow the UK Conservative Home site I've not made it my business to regularly check in on the US flavour. One of the things I like about ConHomeUK is the tracking perceptions of the cabinet and other key individuals and organisations. This has been going on for some time and has grown to be pretty statistically robust, it is certainly a useful tracker of general trends. Its good to see they're following this model in the USA.

Theres a good set of data up on key players (and movements) amongst Conservatives there which shows that, unsurprisingly, John Beohner is doing rather well at the moment:

Conservatives not only strongly believe that Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives in 2012, they also rewarded Boehner's "month of tears and transparency" with a higher approval rating.

With 80% of voters giving him a thumbs-up this month, he passed Sarah Palin as the most highly-approved individual on the list presented to respondents. Only Fox News and the Tea Party get higher marks.

In particular:

  • While respondents are less confident today than last month that the White House and Senate will be in Republican hands after 2012, they remain highly confident that the GOP will continue to hold the House.
  • 2012 hopefuls Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee either remained steady or dropped in their approval ratings from last month, but Boehner's rating rose from 71% to 80%.
  • Boehner's not the only congressional leader to have had a good month. Mitch McConnell's public leadership at the start of the 112th Congress has also rewarded him with an approval bounce from 44% to 53%.

Also, I note that Chris Christine has crept up in approval, from 74% to 77%. Just saying...

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