December 28th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
6 months ago

Poll names Pelosi, congressional Republicans 'losers'

Pelosi has been named a 2009 loser in a new poll.
Pelosi has been named a 2009 loser in a new poll.

(CNN) – Americans don't believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Congressional Republicans had a particularly good 2009: Both were labeled "losers" in a just-released Gallup poll.

According to the new poll, 50 percent of those surveyed thought Pelosi is among the "losers" of the year while 52 percent said the same for Republicans in Congress. Conversely, only 39 percent think Pelosi is a "winner" while 38 percent gave positive marks to GOP members of congress.

As for other political losers of the year, 61 percent identified South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson - who earned fame after his "You Lie!" outburst at President Obama - and 63 percent named South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose exploits with an Argentinean woman were well documented last summer.

But Americans thought the biggest political losers of 2009 were Tareq and Michaele Salahi, whose last name became a verb after the two crashed a White House State Dinner last month. Seventy percent of those surveyed said the Salahi's were losers while only 16 percent identified them as winners.

When it comes to the year's winners, Michelle Obama gets the highest marks with 73 percent of Americans giving the first lady high marks. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comes in a close second with 70 percent of those surveyed giving her the thumbs up. Rounding out the list is President Obama with 58 percent, and newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with 57 percent.

Americans were less decided on four other political figures of 2009: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, radio talk-show host Glenn Beck, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. None received more than 50 percent as either a "winner" or a "loser." Palin came close though: 49 percent of those surveyed thought she was a loser; 46 percent said she was a winner.

The poll surveyed 1,025 Americans from December 11-13 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Oba - Mao

    Nancy Pelosi would not be elected to anything in almost any other district in the country with the exception of a few. She fits in with the crazies in San Fran.

    December 28, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Bpin

    Pelosi is a looser. Both parties are loosers. The American citizens are the biggest loosers. I cannot believe Rangel did not make the list. Charlie is a bold one and I will give him credit for that. He comes right out and calls himself a crook and dares anyone to do anything about it. Our political correctness is causing us to obey this loosers demands. We are going to..................

    December 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. jwilkerson

    She is a pathetic representative . Never seen more ego in my life and camera hog. Never occurred to her that the PRESIDNT'S AGENDA MAY NOT BE WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. we need term limit in both houses

    December 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Pelosi is definitely a loser who really ought to be exiled to Cuba or North Korea where she'd feel more at home. And while I'm no great fan of Republicans any more, if they can protect the country from the insane spending of the Democrats, good on them.

    December 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Believe me....Polosi is safe in Calif. Not sure about all the DO NOTHING.....NON CREATIVE ...Conservatives though. I hate to say this......but 2010 is going to prove the Polls and the non-active GOP wrong. It is going to be alot different then most believe. These GOPer's have made a mess of the USA economy since 2000 and have brought NOTHING to the table to fix it. Now how can you win elections that way??? Seriously, to assume that all voters are non-informed and non-readers is an insult to the America. We can figure out the best way for OUR country not just the lightly populated South.

    December 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Perspective

    It seems telling when one Dem receives a negative rating, but the entire Republican caucus in Congress was rated negative by the American majority–reap what ye sow in the Party of No...

    On the positive side, keep up the great work First Lady Michelle, Sec of State Clinton and President Obama!

    May 2010 be a prosperous year for all!

    December 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. buckwheat

    The word polled seems so final.It really isn't politacally correct to say such a word when talking about politicians who might connect with the old way of putting them on a pole (notice only one letter away from being the same) and riding them out of town adorned with feathers and tar.

    December 28, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. pc

    Nancy Pelosi has done a great job! The polls are probably Republicans. They love to bash Democrats!

    December 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Idiot_Pelosi

    It's funny that the economy and all was doing fine in 2006, then the DUMocRATS took the house. Since then, liberal policies have done nothing but take this country down hill.

    PELOSI is a proven liar, incompetent, and a liberal with tax and spend policies. What she, Reid, Obozo, and yes some republicans don't get, is that we want LESS GOVT, LESS TAXES, and LESS WASTE of money.

    December 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Justin

    Well she isn't a very smart or honest woman. Who am I kidding she's a politician.

    December 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. bob in LA

    CNN- you're begining to read like FOX with misleading headlines-
    "Pelosi named 2009 "loser"" is not a fact- she was one of the people on the list with higher than average negatives, but not the top vote getter. When did you start going ot the sensational rather than factual line? I[ve noticed this trend for a while.
    Shame on you! If I can't trust you, what's left?

    December 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Michael Milligan

    As for all the polls. Baloney!

    December 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. LouAz

    Shouldn't this be in the Entertainment Section ? It is about as meaningful as me asking the UPS and FedEx delivery person what they think of mud wrestling compared to off shore derivative investment hedge fund managers. These CNN polls have earned you the same respect as many Newspapers – Fish Wrapper.

    December 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Ren from Baltimore

    Representative Pelosi's job duties would overwhelm just about everyone else in the nation. That is a job for our top .01 percent; there was a lot of selection along the road to her getting to be Speaker, there were no doubt a lot of self-deliberations about whether she wanted the post-no doubt, she is wealthy enough that she doesn't need the money in the least.

    Running a family, working across the nation from her home, putting up with the other Representatives, Senators, staffers, reporters, etc., etc.-she's doing a spectacular job. At least the House managed to keep the public option in their final bill. Talk about herding cats!

    Great job, Nancy!! Have a great New Year!!!

    December 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Al

    Looks like they did it again – Obama's ending with highest accolade/rating for doing nothing. (Which proves that this survey is a no brainer).

    December 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. CommonSense09

    Nancy Pelosi deserves more credit than given. She has pulled together a coalition to implement the President's agenda therefore she has to be hard and strong to get people on board to deliver like she has!

    December 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Obama Mama

    Pelosi is no loser. Republicans just ticked because she won't let them get away with their usual shenanigans. If that makes her a loser well so be it.....Keep up the good work Pelosi.....

    December 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Lisa in Shelton

    since congressional republicans, but especially Joe Wilson and Mark Sandford far surpassed her "loser" status, one must assume you pointedly led the story with Pelosi's name because it was the most shocking and undeserved.

    December 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Oba - Mao

    Every two years we should have a no-confidence up or down vote for all of congress. That way they would have to represent the entire country and not just the nut-cases in their district or their special interest groups. If we get a no-confidence majority, then we have new elections (similiar to mid-term elections, except with no incumbent) All parties have to nominate new candiates fro each district and state. Because it's apparent the current system is too corrupt and rigged to self-regulate.

    December 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. mjm

    Does anyone win with Obama in charge? Other than his wife? We are all losing ….BIG TIME.

    Actually, the economy was the biggest loser....10% unemployment and all.

    Gallup poll is ranked 17 out of 23 for accuracy....no wonder CNN loves them.

    December 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Jefe

    I would like to nominate the American People as the biggest losers of the 21st Century.

    I would like to thank the entire Bush Administration, the Federal Reserve (throughout the past 9 years), and both houses of Congress (also throughout the entire time period). For 2009, I would like to especially thank Joe Lieberman, for his distinguished service to the Insurance and Pharmeceutical Industries.

    December 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. RichP the Pocono's

    The biggest losers in the country are the american people and american business, mainly from the carpet baggers and faux royalty we have in all three houses. Coming up on a year now and still no legislation enticing or making it advantageous for american business to stay here in the US, NONE. In fact quite the opposite, more and higher taxes, that is a really good incentive. Bravo DC, bravo....

    December 28, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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