House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in the eyes of the corporate media and the Democratic establishment, is a strong and inspiring politician who has earned her position of power and wields it responsibly for the good of all Americans.
But that simply isn’t the case when pollsters talk to actual voters, according to the Washington Examiner. In a recent poll, Pelosi was viewed favorably by just 37 percent of voters.
Meanwhile, the poll found that her Republican counterpart and potential successor as Speaker, should the GOP regain control of the lower chamber of Congress, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), garnered a 43 percent favorability rating in comparison to a 35 percent unfavorability rating.
Pelosi did get a better favorability rating than outspoken progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has often presented a challenge to the Speaker’s leadership.
Where Pelosi ranks among influential congressional leaders
Those were the findings of a recent Rasmussen Reports survey on congressional favorability that polled 1,000 likely voters between Feb. 24-25 and had a margin of error of around 3 percent.
The Examiner noted that Pelosi’s 37 percent favorability rating was only slightly better than the 34 percent favorability for Ocasio-Cortez and 33 percent for Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY). Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), who is undisputed as the most despised politician currently, was viewed favorably by only 29 percent of respondents.
The 37 percent favorability rating for Pelosi is a steep drop from the 46 percent favorable rating she held in a similar Rasmussen survey in mid-January.
The results of the recent Rasmussen favorability survey for Pelosi seemed to track well with the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which pegged Pelosi’s favorability overall at around 40.8 percent with an unfavorability rating of around 50.5 percent.
Also similar to the Rasmussen results were the RCP favorability averages for Schumer and McConnell, which were listed at 35.5 percent and 20.8 percent, respectively.
Pelosi beats AOC — for now
As for the growing rift within the Democratic Party between the far-left progressives, represented by Ocasio-Cortez, and the slightly more centrist Democratic establishment led by Pelosi, the Examiner noted that the Rasmussen poll shows Pelosi holds the advantage, at least for now, in terms of which of those two politicians should be the model for other Democrats in Congress.
Among all voters, Pelosi beat Ocasio-Cortez by a margin of 31-22 percent, while among Democrats the Speaker’s lead over the younger congresswoman was even bigger, 44-30 percent.
The point being, while Pelosi isn’t exactly the most disliked political leader in D.C. — McConnell has no challengers to that dubious title — she is far from being the widely beloved and highly respected figure that the media often makes her out to be.