Poll: Majority Says It’s A Bad Thing That GOP Controls The House

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October 21, 2013 2:28 a.m.

A majority of Americans says it’s a bad thing that Republicans control the House of Representatives and an even larger percentage wants John Boehner (R-OH) to be replaced as speaker, according to poll numbers released Monday. 

The latest CNN/ORC International poll found that 54 percent of Americans think it’s a bad thing that the GOP is the majority party in the House, while only 38 percent think it’s a good thing. In December of last year, a CNN/ORC showed that 43 percent thought it was a bad thing that Republicans controlled the lower chamber.

Boehner fares even worse in Monday’s survey. Sixty-three percent want the Ohio Republican replaced as speaker, compared with 30 percent who would like him to continue holding the post.

It’s the latest in a recent run of bleak polls for Republicans, who appear to have been damaged deeply by the recent budget and debt fights. Polls across the board showed that Americans largely blamed the GOP for the government shutdown, giving Democrats newfound hope of taking back the House in next year’s midterms.

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