McCarthy’s Approval Soars After Strong First Week

Newly elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy holds the gavel after he was elected on the 15th ballot at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2023. - Kevin McCarthy's election to his dream job of speaker of the US House of Representatives was secured through a mix of bombproof ambition, a talent for cutting deals and a proven track record of getting Republicans what they need.
He only won election as speaker after they forced him to endure 15 rounds of voting -- a torrid spectacle unseen in the US Capitol since 1859. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • That gavel looks good in the grip of newly installed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
  • In just his first week on the job, and after drawn-out balloting to win it, Republicans have swung behind him in full force, according to a new survey.
  • What’s more, his approval among all voters has surged into a tie with where it was for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the eve of November’s election.

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