May 18th, 2009
05:11 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Pelosi facing Gingrich-like approval ratings

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that she was misled by the CIA about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that she was misled by the CIA about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As Nancy Pelosi continues to face a firestorm over what she may have known about aggressive government interrogation techniques, and when, a new survey has more unpleasant news for the House Speaker.

Nearly half of all Americans - 48 percent - disapprove of how the California Democrat she is handling her job as Speaker of the House in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday, while 39 percent approve of her performance.

That rating makes her less popular than other members of her party - congressional Democrats drew a 51 percent approval rating in last month's CNN/ORC survey - and roughly in line with the congressional GOP, which drew positive ratings in April from just 39 percent of those polled.

That puts her approval rating at roughly the levels Newt Gingrich had in his first year as Speaker of the House. (Back in 1995, Gingrich's approval rating was 37 percent; by 1997 - at the same point in his speakership that Pelosi is now - that had dropped to just 25 percent.)

The telephone poll of 1,010 Americans was conducted May 14-17, and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: CNN poll • Nancy Pelosi • Newt Gingrich
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  1. offwallst

    Keep up the good work Pelosi...you gonna make it easy for us in 2010...We already are in a very good position!!!

    Taking America Back from the radicalsin 2010

    May 18, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Haha.... CNN thinks we care about Nancy Pelosi.... ;) Allow me to dust off an old saying that I frequently used during the campaign. Ahem* YOUR POLLS MEAN NOTHING!!!
    I don't care if Pelosi was complicit. And what do you think is going to happen if Pelosi is guilty? The repuglicans think that Americans will return to them and start putting them back in power?
    Or will the Dems simply install a new Speaker of the House?
    Do they think that if both repugs and dems got their hands dirty that we will suddenly stop caring?!?!
    THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE

    May 18, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Really?

    Prosecute Bush/Cheney because they knew about torture, but not Nancy Pelosi because...well, didn't she know about it also? Some of you left-wing nuts like Scott in Freeport, IL need to get a grip. Watch a tape of the morning of 9/11 again, and if you still feel that depriving someone of sleep or making them listen to loud music is torture, go to the nearest ER and have them shock your heart back to life.

    May 18, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. mike

    So her approval rating is higher than Congress?

    Incredible.

    May 18, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Jeff B.

    It's not so much that she knew about Enhanced Interrogation Techniques – hell, I approve of them in some situations – it's that she knew about them while simultaneously whining about Bush era EIT policies. And calling the CIA a bunch of liars is not good, either.

    I wonder if Pres. Obama would allow waterboarding on a terror suspect that had foreknowledge of an attack that would kill his wife and daughters? My guess is that he would. And so would most of you if it were your family, I'll bet.

    May 18, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Pelosi makes even Obama look like a conservative. The country can't afford her and spend-thrift liberals like her–this series of lies about the CIA looks like as good an excuse as any to get rid of her.

    May 18, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    I am not crazy about the job she has done but for nitwits like Gingrich to think they can take the high road now is insane.

    Get the documents out there and let's settle this thing. Then let's get past the distractions and get back to who really DID something. Let's not let ourselves get too distracted by this.

    May 18, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    Those opposedto torture, here is the problem,,check it out.

    Your daughter has just been kidnapped by five armed men. Three of them got away with your child, you have two of them in custody.

    What methods are you going to refuse the interrigators permission to use. Are you prepared to see your child on Television with nasked, armed thugs with a knife to her throat?

    We can force answers that will return your child unharmed.....the choice is yours, what methods will you withhold?

    And I am prepared for all the stupidity I will encounter as liberals twist out of this one.

    May 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Rachel Sears

    This is the most ridiculous blame game. Have we been secretly transported to 2004?

    These people have nerve. I can't believe these republicans have the nerve to blame Nancy Pelosi for allowing torture? Their audacity and lack of decency is mind-boggling. And now their asking her to resign??? I'm no fan of Nancy Pelosi, but this is one of the most ludicrous things I have heard.

    "We tortured...a lot... but Nancy knew too and didn't reveal classified information, so Nancy should resign."

    May 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Grrrr-Awful-O

    Republicans didn't object to Bush's approval for "enhanced interrogation techniques" because 1) they agreed with their use, and 2) he didn't lie about using them. We all knew about it.

    The problem we have with Pelosi is that 1) she obviously knew about it too (and didn't complain at the time any more than Republicans didn't complain at the time), and 2) is trying to make an innocent party (the CIA) take the fall for her by claiming they lied to the Congress.

    That's the difference!

    May 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Jean2

    What ever you think of Pelosi, she is not the big issue She did not order, preform nor could she approve or disapprove any of this.

    The media takes the bait "what did she know and when did she know it" and the real culpits get away.

    Are we dumb and the Bush adminstration and their agencies are playing us, the media and pundits like a "fiddle".

    May 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Independant in Indiana

    Really? May 18th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

    Prosecute Bush/Cheney because they knew about torture, but not Nancy Pelosi because…well, didn't she know about it also? Some of you left-wing nuts like Scott in Freeport, IL need to get a grip. Watch a tape of the morning of 9/11 again, and if you still feel that depriving someone of sleep or making them listen to loud music is torture, go to the nearest ER and have them shock your heart back to life.
    ----------------------------–

    Not because Bush/Cheney knew about it, because THEY ORDERED IT.

    May 18, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. WhoCares?

    Just open up the darn briefings and we can see EXACTLY who was told what.

    Has the CIA said anything about her request to do that?

    May 18, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. naqib

    Don't forget the rest of the intell commitee...
    Glad to see multiple people go down for this one...
    Both sides have dirty hands... and if you don't believe it... you're just sheep

    May 18, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Pegwin

    I've often said if you want to know what republicans are REALLY up to, just look at what they accuse the democrats of doing. I mean, come on, get real, Newt accusing Nancy of lying??????????

    May 18, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    And her abominable approval ratings are with a liberal media that will do anything to make democrats look good(as difficult as that is).

    But this is what you get when you elect dumbocrats into power.

    May 18, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Rob Johnson

    She ain't no Barack Obama, that's for sure.

    Heck, she isn't even Hillary Clinton, and I don't even like Hillary.

    Pelosi is possibly the biggest liability the Democrats have right now, and I totally understand why the GOP is going after her. Easy target.

    May 18, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. marquis

    "Keep up the good work Pelosi…you gonna make it easy for us in 2010…We already are in a very good position!!!

    Taking America Back from the radicalsin 2010"

    Really? Less than 21% of Americans identify with the republican party and you think you are in a "very good position" to win back Congress? No wonder Republicans lost everything...hell simple math escapes you.

    Ronald Reagan once said "a person who agrees with you 80%of the time is an ally not an enemy" ....Since 79% of America doesnt agree with the Republican Party...is America the Republican's enemy?

    May 18, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. LouAZ

    CNN, you can commission all the polls you want to create "news", daily if you need too, but it will not alter our political system to have citizens vote for House, Senate, and President every 2 and 4 years. You've shown yourself as cheapskates by using a 1000 person poll out of a country of at least 150 MILLION voters. Why don't you just ask the people in your own New York office ? That poll would be as relevant as the one you have "reported" here.
    What is your fascination with Newr Gingrich ?
    You become more and more like FOX Noise everyday. Irrelevant !

    May 18, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Todd in OKC

    Once again, numerous posters confound complicity with misprision. We now know that, without a shadow of a doubt, the Bush Administration engaged in torture. The Republicans are now trying to shift the debate to whether Nancy Pelosi knew about these crimes. Sorry, folks, the worst thing Pelosi did in this case is failed to report knowledge of a crime, which is not the same as committing the crime. Has she subsequently lied about what she knew and when she knew it? Perhaps. Regardless, that does not exonerate those that actually carried out the crime.

    May 18, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Vern

    We continue to fall into the Republicants trap....in switching the focus oof this war crime call waterboarding. This is not about Nancy, who did not authorize the use of torture but is a direct hiton the Bush administration. Lets try and focus people!!!

    May 18, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    ......and this is the person who is pulling Obama's strings.

    May 18, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. John

    There are 2 ways a person can become popular, known and get attention of others:

    1. By doing something good or talking something good.
    2. By talking against the person at # 1. above.

    Republicans and their Leaders Rush Limbaugh, Cheney, Huchabee adopts the tactics at # 2. above to become popular, known and get attention of others. :)

    May 18, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Mike S., New Orleans

    The Republican party is bankrupt of ideas for solutions to the problems in our country. Therefore, they must revert to the same bloodthirsty ruthless partisanship that made them the minority party.

    I could give a ratzazz whether or not Pelosi knew about waterboarding.

    And I won't take moral lessions from a former Speaker of the House who served divorce papers on his wife who lay in a hospital dying of cancer so he could marry his third extramarital affair.

    Call Pelosi whatever you want, but she isn't a Republican hypocrite, and Newt is, along with about four hundred of his close friends.

    May 18, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. J.P.

    Nancy has worked hard to earn her low approval ratings.
    Newt's reason for low ratings? Having that "R" behind his name.

    In fact, the very things that liberals praise about Bill Clinton were written with Newt's pen... for the president doesn't make laws, just signs off on those the congress has written.

    But this is all silly Sunday morning talk show semantics... DON'T RE-ELECT ANYONE! Vote for your party's primary challenger. Send incumbents packing.

    DON'T RE-ELECT ANYONE!

    May 18, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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