Conservatives seeking to replace House Speaker John Boehner may be hoping for impetus from new poll numbers released this week.
According to Gallup, only 23% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Boehner, down from 27% in an earlier poll, while a majority, 54% saw the beleaguered Speaker unfavorably. Boehner's slide reflected a downward spiral for Congress in general, where favorability slipped to 14%, a drop of 3 percentage points.
While enduring popularity typically eludes Congressional leaders, the timing of the new poll couldn't be worse for Boehner, who hopes to fend off the mutiny when Congress returns from recess.
The motion to remove him was filed by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. Meadows was stripped of a subcommittee chairmanship last June by House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffertz, after Meadows challenged House Leadership on a procedural matter. Chaffertz is regarded as a close ally of Boehner. The rift was the latest in a growing number of clashes between House leadership and Conservatives over procedural rule.
The fate of Meadows' motion is uncertain since it likely faces an uphill battle in the House Rules Committee, a panel considered to be loyal to Boehner. The Committee has authority to decide whether to send it to the floor for a vote. Also unclear is the impact of polling statistics on Congress in an off-election year.