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Most Republicans Happy To See John Boehner Leave

And they wouldn't mind saying "see you later" to Mitch McConnell, too.

On the heels of House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) announcement Friday that he is resigning from Congress, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released the same day confirms that Republicans are happy to see him go.

The survey, which was conducted before Boehner went public with his resignation, found that a majority of Republicans said they were dissatisfied with Boehner. They were equally dissatisfied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

According to the poll, 72 percent of Republican primary voters say they are dissatisfied with both leaders' ability to achieve "Republican legislative goals and priorities." Only 23 percent said they were satisfied, and 5 percent were unsure.

When asked if they'd want to immediately remove both men from their leadership positions, 36 percent said they would remove both, and 18 percent said they wouldn't remove either. The plurality of people, 45 percent, didn't have an opinion on the matter. 

A cross-tabulation of the results finds that respondents who were talk-radio listeners and those who identified as tea party supporters were most likely to say they wanted both congressmen removed, followed by very conservative Republicans and Trump supporters.    

In recent months, Republicans have grown increasingly dissatisfied with their own party. A July Pew Research report found a dramatic 18 percentage point drop since January among Republicans who view their party favorably. A HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted earlier this year found that nearly one in two Republicans want their party to be more conservative.

Boehner has served in Congress since 1991 and as speaker since 2011. He leaves Congress with the lowest approval ratings for a speaker since Tip O'Neill (D-Ma.), who served in the position from 1977 to 1987, according to the Washington Post. Boehner is expected to resign on Oct. 30, and there is no indication that McConnell will follow suit. 

NBC/WSJ surveyed 230 Republican primary voters nationwide on Sept. 20-24. 

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