House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just got some terrible news.
A new poll from Just The News and pollster Scott Rasmussen showed that a full 50% of respondents viewed Pelosi as “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” — the highest unfavorability rating of any lawmaker mentioned in the survey.
According to a subsequent report from Just The News, Vice President Mike Pence trailed Pelosi in the survey, with 48% of respondents having a very or somewhat unfavorable opinion of him, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saw a combined 47%.
Others mentioned in the survey were Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who has left 43% of voters with unfavorable opinions, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who saw just 33% of respondents view him unfavorably.
Crunching the numbers
According to the poll, 39% of those surveyed had a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” view of House Speaker Pelosi. She came in neck-and-neck with Vice President Pence, who had a total favorability rating of 40%.
A separate poll from Just The News showed that 42% of voters had a favorable opinion of President Donald Trump, the outlet’s report noted.
Though Trump may be doing well with voters, however, that’s apparently not true of all Republicans. Just 31% of respondents said they had a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of McConnell, and 29% of voters felt the same about McCarthy.
Of course, as Just The News pointed out, a full 17% of respondents had never heard of McCarthy, and 21% had no opinion of him.
Breaking it down
According to Just The News, Scott Rasmussen said it’s also notable that McConnell “earns good reviews from just 60% of Republicans.”
“McCarthy and Schumer draw lower numbers for two basic reasons,” Rasmussen went on, according to Just The News. “First, they’re not in charge. Leadership increases negative ratings. Second, they’re less well known.” Rasmussen pointed out that 26% of voters had no opinion of or had never heard of Schumer.
“It is interesting to note that Schumer’s net negatives are the same as Pelosi’s while there is a wide gap between McConnell and McCarthy,” the pollster added.
It remains to be seen whether these numbers will mean anything as the nation looks to November’s elections, where Pelosi, McCarthy, McConnell, Pence, and Trump are all vying for victories. Schumer isn’t up for re-election until 2022, however, which perhaps is a good thing for the Democrat, considering that more than a quarter of voters aren’t really sure who he is or what he stands for.