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Poll: GOP voters want to replace Boehner, McConnell

Holly Bailey
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The Democrats' campaign to keep John Boehner from becoming the next Speaker of the House may be resonating — with Republicans, anyway.

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds a majority of GOP primary voters think Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell should lose their leadership posts. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say the congressional GOP needs new leadership.

Republicans are split on whether Boehner should win the Speaker's gavel if the GOP retakes control of the House this fall. Thirty-three percent say he should, while 34 percent say he shouldn't. Another 33 percent of GOP voters are undecided.

McConnell is in about the same shape. Thirty-three percent say the Senate GOP needs a new leader, while 27 percent think the party should stick with McConnell. A whopping 40 percent say they are "not sure."

It's just another hint that while Americans may be leaning toward voting for the GOP in November's midterm elections, no incumbent in Washington is truly safe.

(Photo of McConnell and Boehner by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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