Gallup: Pelosi Least Liked Congressional Leader, and ‘Most Polarizing’

By Michael W. Chapman | April 24, 2013 | 12:27pm EDT

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House minority leader. (AP photo)

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is viewed as the most “unfavorable” member of the congressional leaders by the American people and the “most polarizing,” according to a new Gallup survey.

In the survey, people were asked their impression of the four top members of Congress: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

The pollsters asked, “Finally, we’d like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people – or if you have never heard of them. How about [Speaker of the House John Boehner; Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, House Democratic leader Nnancy Pelosi; Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell]?”

The Unfavorable rankings were as follows:

Pelosi                    48%

Reid                       38%

Boehner                 41%

McConnell               34%


In terms of “favorable,” both Boehner and Pelosi tied, each earning 31%. Reid was only 27% favorable and McConnell, 26%.

In addition, the poll concluded that the Democrat Pelosi was the “most polarizing” of the congressional leaders.

“Pelosi also rates as the most polarizing of the four congressional leaders, a distinction she also held the last time all four were rated, in May 2010,” reported Gallup.  “This is based on the finding that, compared with Boehner, Reid, and McConnell, she receives the highest favorable reviews from members of her own party as well as the highest unfavorable reviews from members of the opposing party.”

“More specifically, 62% of Democrats view Pelosi favorably, while 83% of Republicans view her unfavorably -- a 145-percentage-point spread,” said the pollsters.  “This compares with a 109-point spread for Reid, a 102-point spread for Boehner, and a 90-point spread for McConnell.”

The telephone survey of 1,012 adults was conducted Apr. 11-14 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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