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Quinnipiac Poll: What Do Boehner's Tears Say About Him?


The survey asked:

As you may know, John Boehner, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, often cries in public. Do you think that is a sign of strength or weakness?

Thirty-six percent of respondents said they saw it as a sign of strength, while 27% took it as a sign of weakness. A slim 37% plurality of respondents said they either didn't know, or had no opinion.

Women were far more likely than men to laud Boehner's public crying, with 44% of them seeing that as a sign of strength versus 20% who saw it as a sign of weakness. Men split the other way, with 34% seeing weakness in Boehner's tears compared to 27% who saw strength.

Ohioans still have a relatively favorable opinion of Boehner overall. In the same poll, 27% of respondents said they have a favorable opinion of the Speaker, versus 18% who have an unfavorable opinion of him. An additional 52% said they don't know him well enough to form an opinion.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted January 12-17 among 1,299 registered voters in Ohio. The poll has a margin of error of 2.7%.