Poll finds Speaker Pelosi to be the least popular congressional leader

According to a new poll, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is the least popular of the four congressional leaders. 

The poll was taken by Rasmussen Reports between October 3rd and 4th. 1,000 likely voters were asked, among other things, to give their opinions on the four congressional leaders: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Pelosi.

And, Pelosi finished at the back of the pack.

The findings

According to Rasmussen, 60 percent of participants said that they view Pelosi unfavorably. The corresponding percentages for McConnell, Schumer, and McCarthy were, respectively, 55, 54, and 34. So, McCarthy finished on top here.

Of the 60 percent who view Pelosi unfavorably, 51 percent view her “very” unfavorably.

As would be expected, political affiliation played a huge factor here. 79 percent of Republican respondents had a very unfavorable view of Pelosi, while the corresponding percentages for Independent and Democrats were 57 percent and 21 percent. According to Rasmussen, the opinion of the Independents is most telling here.

It is somewhat surprising, though, that 21 percent of Democrats said that they have a very unfavorable view of Pelosi. On the flip side of the coin, only 64 percent of Democrats said that they have a favorable opinion of her, which is lower than one would have expected.

The question is what is driving Pelosi’s numbers down among Democrats and Independents, and the answer to this question is not exactly clear.

Context

Recently, we saw Pelosi fall on her face trying to unite congressional Democrats behind the $1.1 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure package. One would have expected that the measure would have easily made it through Pelosi’s House after it passed through the Senate with “bipartisan” support. But, this was not the case.

Pelosi had to postpone the vote multiple times as progressive Democrats refused to support the measure without obtaining support for President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure package. Now, the deadline for the $1.1 trillion bill has been pushed back to October 31st, and there is still no guarantee that Pelosi is going to be able to get the situation resolved by then.

This could end up being a defining moment not only for the Biden administration but for Pelosi.

There are rumors that if the Republicans do take back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, which at least at the moment they are favored to do, Pelosi might call it quits. If Rasmussen’s poll is correct, then for many Americans, that day can’t come soon enough.

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