WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 28: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference May 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McCarthy held news conference to fill questions from members of the press. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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A new poll showed that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s popularity among the GOP is higher than past GOP leaders. An Axios Survey Monkey poll found McCarthy had a 22 point net favorability rating among Republicans and those who leaned with the party.
US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican from California, holds his weekly press conference in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
This was in contrast to a poll from Civiqs, which showed former House Speaker Paul Ryan leaving his post in 2019 with a -24 point net favorability.
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 11: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrives before speaking during a weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on January 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan defended the president after Trump weighed in on the controversial program, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
In the meantime, a Gallup Poll found former House Speaker John Boehner left his post in 2015 with a net favorability rating at -31 points among all parties.
WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 7: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) makes remarks on Capitol Hill on November 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. Boehner discussed the looming fiscal cliff and called on President Obama to work with House Republicans. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, it’s widely speculated McCarthy will run for the House speakership position after the next midterm elections.