Pelosi Viewed Favorably by 32%, Unfavorably by 49%

Representative Nancy Pelosi, the frontrunner to become the new Speaker of the House, is viewed favorably by 32% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 49%. Those figures are little changed from a month ago.

A national survey found that Pelosi is viewed favorably by 58% of Democrats but only 10% of Republicans. Among Independent voters, 24% offer a favorable assessment and 54% take the opposite view (see crosstab results).

Recognizing her unpopularity in some parts of the country, many Democratic candidates campaigned on a promise to vote for someone other than Pelosi as Speaker. At the moment, no other candidate for the role has stepped forward.

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 6-7, 2018 by and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

The survey also found that public opinion of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has fallen over the past month. McConnell had long been viewed skeptically by Republican voters. But, following his role in guiding the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, McConnell’s ratings soared among Republicans. That brought his overall ratings to 37% favorable and 37% unfavorable last month.

Now, McConnell is viewed favorably by 29% and unfavorably by 43% of all voters. He still earns very positive reviews from Republicans (52% favorable) and negative assessments from Democrats. The big change is found among Independent voters. Last month, they were evenly divided about the Majority Leader. Now, among Independents, the numbers are 23% favorable and 50% unfavorable (see topline trends).

Equally dramatic is the decline in his negatives. In August, 47% had an unfavorable opinion of McConnell. It’s fallen to 37% today. It’s the first time in polling that any Congressional leader has had favorable ratings equal to his unfavorables (see question wording and crosstab results).

Currently, McConnell’s Democratic counterpart–Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer–is viewed favorably by 31% and unfavorably by 39%. Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan is viewed favorably by 39% and unfavorably by 43%. Figures for both men remained steady over the past month.

This national survey of 999 Registered Voters was conducted on October 4-5, 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.

Vice President Mike Pence is viewed favorably by 45% of voters and unfavorably by 40%.

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