House Speaker John Boehner is tweaking President Barack Obama over the president's poll numbers.
Asked by reporters Wednesday about Obama's strategy of holding events across the country to push policies and proposals on the economy, Boehner at first declined to comment.
But then he said flatly, "If I had poll numbers as low as his I'd probably have to do the same thing, if I were him."
But the Speaker's numbers are not any better than the president's.
Americans appear divided on the job Obama's doing in office. A new CNN Poll of Polls indicates that 46% of Americans approve of the job he's doing, with 47% giving him the thumbs down. The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of seven non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of the president's approval rating conducted the past two weeks.
While a 46% approval rating is nothing to brag about, it's sure a heck of a lot better than the approval rating for Congress. Only 17% of the public approves of the job lawmakers on Capitol Hill are doing, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls, with a whopping 77% saying they disapprove. The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of four non-partisan, live operator, national surveys of Congress' approval rating conducted the past two weeks.
As for Boeher's personal poll numbers, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey conducted earlier this month put his favorable rating among Americans at 18%, with 36% viewing the Republican from Ohio negatively.
He fared better in a CNN/ORC International poll in May, with 36%-37% favorable-unfavorable rating with just over one in four unsure.
The approval rating for Congress is near all-time lows.
"I think the low approval of Congress is not surprising. The president's is not that grea,t either," weighed in Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, talking to reporters Tuesday.
"I think the American people are reacting appropriately to the fact that we have an economy that is not getting the job done."
Boehner's comments came as the president was making a rare trip to Capitol Hill, to meet with House and Senate Democrats. Obama's visit to Congress comes one day after he traveled to Tennessee to propose a "grand bargain" which the president argued would alter the corporate tax code while investing in job creation. Last week Obama spoke out on the economy at events in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida.