Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner gives a thumbs up as he steps away from his successor Paul Ryan of Wis., in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Republicans rallied behind Ryan to elect him the House's 54th speaker on Thursday as a splintered GOP turned to the youthful but battle-tested lawmaker to mend its self-inflicted wounds and craft a conservative message to woo voters in next year's elections.AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

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Q: How damaging is the chaos around the speaker’s race to the Republican Party as a whole?

DEMOCRATS (79 VOTES)

Very damaging: 38%
Somewhat damaging: 52%
Not damaging: 10%

Very damaging

“It shows what happens when you foment anger.”

“It’s a symptom of a split party—one that is still searching for its identity.”

“Nobody wants the job. What’s that tell you about the environment of the party?”

“For the moment, very damaging. Though the average voter couldn’t give a damn.”

“The public’s distrust for Congress is reinforced daily by the Republicans. Right now, they own it.”

Somewhat damaging

“It is not exactly new news, so how damaging could it really be?”

“Most Americans aren’t paying attention and couldn’t pick Kevin McCarthy out of a line-up. But for those who are, it’s bad.”

“The disarray is alienating the business wing of the party.”

“Paul Ryan stepping up will make it easier, but road bumps lie ahead.”

Not damaging

“Depends—if Ryan becomes speaker, they are actually in a stronger position.”

“It’s one more drip, but the faucet has been on for a while.”

Q: How damaging is the chaos around the speaker’s race to the Republican Party as a whole?

REPUBLICANS (81 VOTES)

Very damaging: 17%
Somewhat damaging: 52%
Not damaging: 31%

Very damaging

“We are a circular firing squad determined to never run out of ammunition…”

“It’s not just that we can see the sausage being made, it’s like the sausage keeps pouring out and no one is there to get it into the casings.”

Somewhat damaging

“The fight had to happen—if the Ryan deal occurs, then they are potentially much stronger.”

“If Ryan emerges as speaker, it will be well worth the trauma.”

“As reported, it undermines the notion that Republicans can govern.”

“I still hold out hope that it will expose the self-defeating tactics of the narcissists.”

“Luckily the Category 5 Trump storm will distract from the Category 3 speaker storm.”

Not damaging

“Democracy is often messy.”

“It looks chaotic now, but elections are more than a year away, and nobody is going to care in November 2016.”

“Embarrassing, sure; exposing fractures within the party, yes; something average voters care about a year from now? Not at all.”

“Too inside-baseball for Americans to understand or care. They already despise Congress, and this just supports their opinions.”

“It has clearly hurt fundraising at the grassroots level—the benchmark of health for the GOP. Ryan’s victory should end that.”

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