Though many – especially on the left – consider House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to be one of the most effective leaders in the history of the lower chamber, a new poll reveals that at the current moment, at least, she is also the least popular among those sitting atop their respective party hierarchies, as Breitbart notes.
A recent Rasmussen Reports survey published this week asked respondents to provide ratings of a group of top congressional leaders that included Pelosi as well as House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Among that illustrious group, it turned out that Pelosi garnered the least popularity, as 60% of poll participants offered an unfavorable rating of the House speaker, with slightly more than half of those individuals providing a “very unfavorable” review of her performance.
The study found that the GOP’s McConnell and Schumer of the Democrats were also the targets of unflattering reviews, with 55% of respondents giving an unfavorable rating to the former and 54% to the latter.
Interestingly, the congressional leader to pull the best reaction from poll respondents was McCarthy, whose unfavorable rating came in at just 34%, Breitbart also pointed out.
The survey was released amid ongoing wrangling over a pair of massive spending bills championed by Pelosi and the White House which have revealed serious schisms within the Democrat Party and caused many to question whether the speaker is as skilled at deal making as she once was.
Unable to corral the warring factions within her own party and pass both a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a more expansive $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill favored by its far-left wing, Pelosi was forced to once again delay a vote on the smaller package, setting an Oct. 31 deadline for its passage.
As a result, the speaker has faced intense criticism even from within her own party, with Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) saying she had “breached her firm, public commitment” to pass the bipartisan measure and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) declaring the outcome Pelosi allowed to be “inexcusable and deeply disappointing.”
Though Pelosi will surely redouble her attempts to wheel and deal behind the scenes ahead of the aforementioned Oct. 31 infrastructure vote deadline, it seems unlikely that whatever end result she achieves will move the needle much when it comes to salvaging her approval rating among the American electorate.