(CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's favorability rating has reached a new low in Gallup polling, an ominous sign for House Democrats who can't help but be associated with the California Democrat two weeks ahead of the midterm elections.
According to the latest survey from Gallup, Pelosi's favorability stands at just 29 percent – down 7 points from early summer and down 13 points from January, 2009 when President Obama was inaugurated.
Pelosi's unfavorable rating has soared meanwhile, reaching 56 percent in the new poll – up 15 points from January, 2009.
In even worse news for Pelosi and her party, independents have particularly grown unsatisfied with the House Speaker: her favorability with this group stands at 21 percent while close to 60 percent hold a negative view.
Pelosi’s counterpart in the GOP, House Minority Leader John Boehner, doesn’t fare any better than the California Democrat when it comes to his favorability rating, which stands at 27 percent. But, Boehner’s unfavorable is much less than Pelosi’s at only 29 percent, with 42 percent having never heard of the No. 1 Republican in the House.
Amid these dismal numbers, its no wonder Pelosi has rarely been seen publicly on the campaign trail this year and has become a prime target for just about every Republican challenging a House Democrat.
A rare public campaign appearance for the House Speaker did come this week in Pennsylvania, where, at a United Steel Workers 'Women of Steel' conference she touted the president's legislative agenda, including the passage of health care and the stimulus bill. Of course, Pelosi's image has taken a huge hit this midterm election season in part because of relentless GOP ads portraying her and the rest of the Democratic leadership in a negative light.
Indeed, the National Republican Congressional Committee appeared to respond to Pelosi's appearance with glee, saying in a statement, "This is not as much a rallying cry as it is a party leader frantically lashing out as the gavel continues to slip out of her hands."
The poll surveyed 1,029 adult Americans between October 14-17 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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