POLITICS

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell Should Be Replaced, Say Voters Usually Favoring GOP (POLL)

09/16/2010 02:50 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A survey released by Public Policy Polling on Thursday finds that a majority of voters who tend to vote Republican aren't impressed with the work of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

According to the poll, 57 percent of voters who would typically favor the GOP say that the party should replace the leadership duo come January when the next congressional session begins. Just 21 percent signaled a belief that McConnell and Boehner should retain their posts.

An excerpt of analysis from PPP:

Usually it's the party that loses power whose voters want to clean house. The fact that GOP voters want new leaders even if they have a highly successful election cycle speaks to the disconnect between the voters fueling the Republicans' momentum this year and the party higher ups in Washington DC.

Should Republicans regain control of the House following the November election, the poll indicates that only 33 percent of Republican-leaning voters support Boehner assuming the role of Speaker. 34 percent said the GOP leader should be replaced under such scenario, while 27 percent suggested they remain undecided on the matter.

Earlier this summer, Boehner made clear his eye is on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's gavel.

"As most of you know my goal for some time has been to be the Speaker of the House," said the Ohio Republican at a Christian Science Monitor lunch in Washington, D.C. "I think a lot of you know I go through a pretty extensive planning process with my staff every winter and we renew our vision, lay out our mission for the year, what our goals are, lay out our strategies for how we're going to accomplish those. Anyways, one day I was pushed by my staff as to what my goals are. I made it clear that I want to be the Speaker of the House."

"When parties lose elections, it usually leads to a lot of fingerpointing and handwringing and often a leadership upheaval, and the Democrats may be in for that sort of thing after November," explained Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "But considering these numbers and the ongoing purging of establishment Republicans by GOP primary voters, Republicans are also in a mood for some housecleaning even if they come out on top in a month and a half."

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