New Top House Republican McCarthy an Unknown to Most Voters

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters either haven’t heard or have no opinion of new House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. That’s according to a new national survey by

Rep. McCarthy became the top Republican in the House of Representatives following the Democrats’ midterm election victory to regain control of the House and the retirement of Speaker Paul Ryan.

Among voters who do have an opinion on McCarthy, the sentiment is almost equally split between supporters and detractors. Twenty-two percent (22%) of Americans have a favorable or very favorable view of McCarthy, while 23% have an unfavorable or very unfavorable view.

The more well-known Congressional leaders haven’t seen their poll numbers change much since the election. Presumptive new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now seen favorably by 34% of voters and unfavorably by 49%. That’s little changed since  last month when 32% of voters gave Pelosi a favorable rating and 49% unfavorable.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who now presides over a U.S. Senate with a larger Republican majority, is holding steady with a favorable rating from 29% of voters. But his unfavorable numbers have eased somewhat since last month as they now stand at 39% compared to 43% a month ago. McConnell had seen a surge in his favorable numbers, especially among Republican voters, in the month after the successful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But those numbers drifted back down to the 29% level by November and they remain there now.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer’s favorable numbers are now down to 28% from 31% a month ago. He’s still viewed unfavorably by the same 39% number from November (see crosstab results).

This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted on December 9-10, 2018 by and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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