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Paul Ryan Poll: House Speaker's Approval Drops to 29 Percent

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a luncheon hosted by wispolitics.com at AT&T Forum April 5, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 01:01 PM

Paul Ryan's job approval poll as House speaker hit a low of 29 percent, including half of Republicans polled, according to numbers released by the Pew Research Center's Politics and Policy website Monday.

The Pew poll stated that 54 percent disapproved of the job Ryan was doing. About 51 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents gave Ryan a positive rating while 75 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents disapproved, Pew noted.

Ryan's job approval number was 10 points below President Donald Trump, who had a 39 percent job approval rating overall, which held steady from the previous month, wrote Pew.

"A year and a half into his tenure as House Speaker, Paul Ryan is viewed more negatively than positively: 54 percent say they disapprove of the job Ryan is doing, 29 percent approve; 17 percent do not have an opinion," stated the Pew Center.

"Ryan's approval rating of 29 percent is lower than the approval ratings for John Boehner (36 percent), Nancy Pelosi (35 percent) and Newt Gingrich (43 percent), measured shortly after each of their terms as Speaker of the House began," the center said.

A Gallup Poll released Tuesday has Ryan faring better, with a 39 percent favorable rating, but it is nine points lower from 48 percent rating he had in November.

The polls come after a bruising House session when Republicans failed to bring a measure to the floor to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"Ryan's unfavorable rating has increased 12 points, and his image is more negative than positive for the first time since Gallup first asked about him in 2012," wrote Gallup's Art Swift. "In 2012, Mitt Romney selected Ryan as his running mate during that year's presidential election. At that point, 25 percent of Americans viewed him favorably, 17 percent viewed him unfavorably, and 58 percent had never heard of him or had no opinion."

The Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard wrote that Ryan remained popular in his district, where he broke fundraising records and provided the National Republican Congressional Committee with millions each quarter.

"But the attention he received during the Obamacare repeal fight appears to have dinged his image as an achiever," Bedard continued.

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Paul Ryan's job approval poll as House speaker hit a low of 29 percent, including half of Republicans polled, according to numbers released by the Pew Research Center's Politics and Policy website Monday.
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