With the Democrats retaking control of Congress, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi assumes that she will be returned to the Speaker’s office, but it seems that if her party election were held today, she would not win.
A new poll finds that 56 percent of Democrats do not want Pelosi returned to the Speaker’s office.
According to the Gallup polling agency, Democrats are yearning for someone other than the shopworn Pelosi to represent them.
“By 56% to 39%, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said Nancy Pelosi should be replaced as their leader in the House rather than kept in that role by being elected the next speaker,” Gallup said. “These views are similar among Democrats across the ideological spectrum.”
Still, despite that Democrats don’t really want Pelosi to be Speaker, they still like her, apparently.
“Despite their lack of support for Pelosi as speaker, Democrats’ opinions of Pelosi are more positive than negative,” Gallup continued. “In Gallup’s most recent update, from June, 48% said they have a favorable opinion of her and 31% an unfavorable one. Those figures indicate that some Democrats who have a positive opinion of Pelosi may nevertheless want her to be replaced as the party’s leader.”
But, Gallup also found that Americans in general view Pelosi negatively.
“Gallup’s June update found 29% of U.S. adults having a favorable opinion of Pelosi and 53% an unfavorable one,” the polling firm said.
In any case, it appears that the new Democrat Party would generally like to get past the Pelosi/Clinton/Obama era.
“Pelosi has been the Democratic leader in the House since 2002, including a four-year stint as speaker between 2007 and 2010. However, Americans who identify as Democrats or lean Democratic say they would like another person to hold the job this time. Whether views of Pelosi have become more positive after the midterm election victory is not yet known.”
The election for Speaker is months off, though. Pelosi has quite a bit of time to reverse these negative waves.
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