THE WOES OF RYAN
“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.”