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“Amid the col­lapse of the Af­ford­able Care Act re­peal in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Paul Ryan’s im­age is tak­ing a hit — 39 per­cent of Amer­i­cans have a fa­vor­able opin­ion of the House speaker, down nine per­cent­age points from Novem­ber. Ryan’s un­fa­vor­able rat­ing has in­creased 12 per­cent­age points,” writes Art Swift, a Gallup poll an­a­lyst.

Two-thirds of Repub­li­cans still stand by Mr. Ryan, a sen­ti­ment un­changed since the election. Thirty-nine per­cent of in­de­pen­dent give him the nod, down five per­cent­age points.

“A chief rea­son fa­vor­able rat­ings have dropped for Ryan is that Demo­cratic sup­port has cratered. While never high, his fa­vor­able rat­ing among Democrats has fallen to 14 per­cent, from 39 per­cent in Novem­ber,” Mr. Swift notes. “With tax re­form and a bud­get on the House agenda in the com­ing months, Ryan will have his hands full con­tend­ing with a tem­pes­tu­ous ma­jor­ity and a mi­nor­ity with an eye to­ward the 2018 con­gres­sional elec­tions. A key to Ryan’s sur­vival as speaker will be in main­tain­ing GOP sup­port in Congress, some­thing that for­mer House speaker John Boehner was un­able to do.”

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