During her first month back as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi’s national ratings continued to improve. The Democratic leader is now viewed favorably by 39% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 45%.
Heading into last November’s election, 44% of voters believed Congress was too conservative while 36% said too liberal. Things have changed dramatically now that Democrats control the House. Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe Congress is now more liberal than the nation at large while just 36% say too conservative.
Pelosi’s Republican counterpart, Kevin McCarthy, is viewed favorably by 29% and unfavorably by 27%. He remains an unknown to 44% of voters. It is normal for Congressional leaders to become more unpopular as they are better known.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earns favorable ratings from 28% and negative reviews from 42%. His rating had surged during the Kavanaugh hearings but have retreated since then.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ratings are a bit better than McConnell’s–32% favorable and 40% unfavorable (see crosstab results).
Just 23% of voters believe their own Representative in Congress is the best person for the job. So much for the myth that people hate Congress in general but love their own Representative.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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