Ohio voters to Boehner: Step away from the self-tanner

Holly Bailey
The Upshot

Finally, there's one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on in this highly polarized, hotly contested election year: John Boehner is simply way too tan.

In a survey that threatens to send a chill down Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's own perpetually tan spine, Public Policy Polling finds that a majority of voters in Boehner's home state of Ohio disapprove of the House GOP leader's year-round Bain de Soleil-esque glow. Thirty percent of voters in the state think Boehner spends way too much time on his tan, while 14 percent say he spends the "right amount" of time — suggesting that a disproportionately high number of Ohio citizens own and operate tanning salons.

Mysteriously, 4 percent think Boehner does not spend enough time on his tan. You might think that Republicans, who are banking a great deal on Boehner's leadership, would be more forgiving of his  radiant orange complexion. But that doesn't really seem to be the case: Oddly, more Democrats and self-described Independent voters think the man who aspires to be the next Speaker of the House needs to be more blindingly tan than he already is.

Still, a majority of Ohio voters across party lines agree that they don't like Boehner's George Hamilton look. Forty percent of Democrats, 30 percent of Independents and 14 percent of Republicans rate the GOP leader's glow unfavorably.

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