Bloomberg by the Numbers: 25%

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Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting on Jan. 1, 2013 in Washington.

That’s the percentage of Americans who approve of the House speaker’s handling of the fiscal negotiations, according to Gallup.

As the 113th Congress is sworn in today, with Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio standing for re-election as leader of the House, the public’s view of Boehner’s handling of the recently concluded “fiscal cliff” negotiations has not been favorable.

In a mid-December survey by the Gallup organization, just 25 percent of those surveyed said they approved of the job Boehner was doing with the fiscal cliff talks.

Nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) Dec. 14-16 gave President Barack Obama a favorable rating for his handling of the fiscal talks.

Those talks ended on New Year’s Day, with congressional passage of a plan that included the income tax increases for the nation’s wealthiest taxpayers that Obama had sought and none of the additional spending cuts that Boehner had sought.

The two will face one another again as Congress nears a debate on raising the federal debt ceiling this winter.

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