Poll dates: April 17-20, 2017. Poll of 900 adults nationwide via telephone. 3.27 error margin
"Republicans have stood by President
more than they have Mr. Ryan."
4/24/17, "Americans’ Dissatisfaction With Speaker Paul Ryan, Congress Overall Is Growing, Poll Finds," Wall St. Journal, Rebecca Ballhaus
"Americans hold dim views of Congress and of House Speaker
a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds, with favorable opinions declining since February.
three-quarters of Americans disapprove of Congress’s job performance,
up 12 percentage points since February, the poll found. Just one-fifth
said they approve of the job Congress is doing, a drop of 9 points.
findings mark a return to recent norms in views of Congress, after a
slight uptick in approval of lawmakers in February. With 20% approving
of Congress, its rating is still slightly higher than in most months
since May 2011.
Ryan (R., Wis.) is one focus of growing dissatisfaction, with 40%
saying they view the House speaker negatively, compared with 22% who had
a positive view—an 18-point gap. In February, unfavorable opinions
outweighed positive ones by just 1 point.
The negative reviews come after a period in which House Republicans
tried and failed to pass legislation to repeal most of the Affordable
Care Act—a core element of the Republican platform. Mr. Ryan, who became
the face of the bill in Congress, was forced to cancel a vote on the
legislation after concluding it didn’t have the necessary votes. Talks
continue among House Republicans to revive the bill.
Mr. Ryan, long considered a rising star in the GOP, saw his ratings
drop among Republicans polled. Positive views of the speaker outweighed
negative views in the latest survey by 23 points among Republicans—down
from 49 points two months ago.
A shift among Republicans also
helped account for the declining approval of Congress. In the new
survey, 58% of Republicans polled disapproved of the job lawmakers are
doing, and 31% approved. In February, the share approving and
disapproving had been about even.
Republicans have stood by President
more than they have Mr. Ryan. While Mr. Trump’s job approval declined from February, views among his own party dropped only slightly. Some
39% of adults in the new survey saw Vice President
in a negative light, with 38% saying they view him positively. In
February, views of the vice president were a net positive, with 42%
viewing him favorably and 35% holding a negative opinion.
The sharpest drop in support for Mr. Pence came among independents, who
viewed the vice president more negatively than positively, by a margin
of 14 points in the latest poll....
Despite dissatisfaction with the Republican-led Congress, Americans
remained relatively split on which party should lead the legislative
branch. Some 47% said they would prefer the next election to produce a
Democratic-led Congress, while 43% said it should produce a
The survey found that
the president’s daughter, is viewed favorably by the public, by a
slight margin. Some 33% hold a positive view, and 31% an unfavorable
view of Ms. Trump, who recently took an official role as assistant to
the president. That is largely in line with a Journal/NBC News survey
last August, which found 29% with a positive view and 24% with a
The Journal/NBC News poll was based on nationwide
telephone interviews with 900 adults from April 17-20. It has a margin
of error of plus or minus 3.27 percentage points, with larger margins of
error for subgroups."
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Growing dissatisfaction with House Speaker Paul Ryan per new Wall St. Journal-NBC News poll. 40% view him negatively, 22% positively. This 18-point gap was only 1 point in February. "Republicans have stood by President Trump more than they have Mr. Ryan"-Wall St. Journal, 4/24/17
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