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Gallup Poll: Pelosi Least Liked Among Congressional Leader

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 12:07 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may be the best known of all congressional leaders, but she is also the least liked, according to a new Gallup Poll released Wednesday.

The Gallup survey of 1,012 adults taken April 11-14 found that 48 percent of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of the California Democrat and 31 percent don't particularly care for her.

House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile, fared a little better — but not much. Forty-one percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable opinion of the Ohio Republican, while 31 percent said they view him in a favorable light.

As for the Senate leaders, 38 percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable view of Majority Leader Harry Reid and 27 percent said they kind of like the Nevada Democrat.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also got a thumbs down from 34 percent of survey respondents, while only 26 percent said they view the Kentucky Republican in a favorable light.

When broken down by party affiliation, Pelosi's popularity shot up. Sixty-two percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats said they had a favorable opinion of her. But Only 47 percent of Democrats said they felt the same way about Reid.

On the Republican side, just 50 percent of respondents identifying as GOP members said they have a favorable view of Boehner, while only 47 percent said the same thing about McConnell.

Both Pelosi and Boehner registered their highest favorability percentages right after they became House speakers. Gallup showed Pelosi with 44 percent of Americans viewing her favorably in January 2007, and in January 2011 when Boehner took the gavel away from her he had a favorable opinion of 42 percent.








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