Survey: Pelosi’s Approval Rating Worse Than Other Politicians During Shutdown

By Emily Ward | January 29, 2019 | 4:00 PM EST


( -- A public opinion survey conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal during the partial government shutdown revealed that the approval rating of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was worse than that of any other politician in the survey.

In the survey, Pelosi had the lowest net approval rating of all politicians listed, at -19. Forty-seven percent of survey participants – nearly half – indicated negative feelings toward Pelosi, and only 28 percent indicated positive feelings toward her – the balance is -19.

President Donald Trump had a net approval rating of -12 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a net approval rating of -18.

Though a higher percentage of Americans felt negatively toward Trump (51 percent) than toward Pelosi (47 percent), the percentage of Americans who had positive feelings toward Trump (39 percent) was also higher than the 28 percent who had positive feelings toward Pelosi.

Although Trump’s rating of -12 is a negative number, it was the highest approval rating of any politician named in the survey.

McConnell’s rating of -18 was almost as low as that of Pelosi. Only 17 percent of Americans expressed positive feelings toward McConnell, while 35 percent indicated negative feelings.

President Donald Trump.

From December 2018 to January 2019, the percentage of Americans who had “very negative” feelings toward Pelosi increased by six points, from 28 percent to 34 percent. During that same time period, the percentage of Americans who had “very negative” views of Trump remained the same (43 percent), and McConnell’s “very negative” ratings actually decreased by one percent, from 26 percent in December to 25 percent in January.

The survey also examined public opinion toward federal employees, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Federal employees, many of whom missed paychecks due to the shutdown, were the only group to receive a positive approval rating, at +54. The Democratic Party had an approval rating of -5 and the Republican Party had an approval rating of -9.

The federal government partially shut down on Dec. 22 after Trump and congressional Democrats were unable to agree on funding for the border wall with Mexico. On Jan. 25, Trump announced that he and members of Congress had made a deal to reopen the government for three weeks, until Feb. 15, while they negotiated funding for border security.

The survey, which was conducted on Jan. 20 – Jan. 23, included 900 adult participants.

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