PPP's new national poll finds pretty good numbers for Paul Ryan as he begins his Speakership. 41% of voters nationally have a positive opinion of him to 35% with a negative one. That actually gives him a better net favorability rating than anyone running for President has. And 49% of voters say they support his becoming Speaker to only 27% opposed to his ascendance. There was discussion about whether the Republican base would accept Ryan becoming Speaker, but he has a 62/15 favorability rating with GOP voters and by a 69/14 spread they favor his new position. Even among Democrats voters are pretty divided (35/36) on Ryan's becoming Speaker. There may be a mass of Democratic voters who think it could have been a lot worse in terms of who took over for the Republicans.
While Ryan's off to a good start, Mitch McConnell remains exceedingly unpopular. Only 15% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 59% who disapprove. GOP voters are so down on him (15/62 approval), that McConnell actually fares slightly better with Democratic voters (18/53 approval). McConnell's approval rating tracks pretty closely with that of Congress as a whole- only 12% of voters approve of the job it's doing to 76% who disapprove.
Despite the unhappiness with Congress and the Republicans being in control, voters aren't planning to take out their unhappiness on the GOP next year. Republicans lead the generic Congressional ballot 45/43, including a 43/32 advantage with independent voters.