So Far, So Good: Voters Like Speaker Johnson Better Than McCarthy

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., stands to vote for himself for speaker, as House Republicans try to elect a speaker, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • New House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is being greeted with optimism by American voters, who anticipate his leadership will surpass that of his predecessors.
  • Johnson, a relatively unfamiliar figure to most voters until his election just two weeks ago, has garnered significant support, with nearly half of all likely voters expressing a favorable opinion of him. Despite criticisms and negative media coverage, including comments about his strong religious beliefs, 47% of likely voters hold a favorable view of the 56th speaker. This sentiment is shared by 63% of Republicans and 35% of Democrats, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports daily survey.
  • Moreover, a substantial portion of the public believes that Johnson will outperform former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, with 57% of Republicans sharing this belief.