As she returns to her role as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is viewed favorably by 36% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 47%. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that those figures include 20% with a Very Favorable view and 36% with a Very Unfavorable opinion.
Voters have fairly low expectations for the new Congress. Just 32% think it is even somewhat likely that the legislators will successfully address the challenges facing the nation before the 2020 elections. Only 12% consider it Very Likely.
Data released earlier shows that 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of politics and government.
Pelosi’s Republican counterpart, Kevin McCarthy, is viewed favorably by 26% and unfavorably by 25%. He remains an unknown to 49% 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 31% and negative reviews from 41%. His rating had surged during the Kavanaugh hearings but retreated since then (see monthly topline trends for all Congressional leaders).
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ratings are similar to McConnell’s–31% favorable and 38% unfavorable (see crosstab results).
Data released earlier shows that 40% of voters believe Congress is more conservative than the nation at large while 38% believe it is more liberal.
One of the first challenges for the new Congress is to address the partial government shutdown. There appears little urgency on the topic so far. Partly that’s because 76% of voters have hardly noticed the shutdown. Half (50%) expect it to last a few more weeks.
Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe that federal workers furloughed by the shutdown should be encouraged to look for jobs in the private sector. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree.
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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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