The good news is that for ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is that nearly everyone in the country has heard of her. The bad news is the current House Minority Leader is the least liked leader in Congress, according to a new poll from Gallup:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the most well-known but least-favored of the four congressional leaders, according to a new poll.
The Gallup poll released Wednesday found that only 11 percent of those surveyed said they had never heard of Pelosi, making her the best known of the four top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate. But Pelosi also topped the list in unpopularity. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable opinion of her while 31 percent have a favorable opinion.
The big four in congressional leadership — Pelosi, Senator Majority Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — have a deficit to overcome with Americans. But as Gallup explains, Pelosi is the most polarizing. In fact, she’s the only congressional leader that a majority of independents view unfavorably. Hey, but at least 62% of Democrats have a favorable opinion of her.
Outside of the Tea Party movement, Pelosi was the House Republicans biggest asset in the 2010 mid-term election. She compared the Tea Party movement to murders in 2009, laughed off legitimate questions about the constitutionality of congressional actions, claimed that the Congress had to pass ObamaCare to “find out what’s in it,” and left the country $5 trillion greater in debt during her four years as Speaker. And since losing control of the House, Pelosi has tried to prevent job creation over right-to-work laws and absurdly claimed that Congress has enacted “plenty of spending cuts” (the budget deficit is expected to exceed $800 billion this year, this after four years of $1+ trillion deficits).
The bottomline is that Pelosi is a liability to her own party. The best thing she’s done for House Republicans is stick around as Minority Leader.