October 20th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
8 years ago

Bad news for Dems: New low for Pelosi in Gallup poll

(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.

Check out CNN's new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data covering national questions and the top 2010 election races of any news organization in the political landscape.

Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • Nancy Pelosi • Polls
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. keepstufingthis

    Question is, Obama has had the majority in both houses and the presidency and failed to do anything for working Americans except raise their health care insurance costs (my renewal shows a $80 per month increase, now that we are paying for covering the Obama voters and the corrupt unions even more), blamed Bush for all the problems created by the Democratic majority in Congress since January of 2007 (the recession stared in December of that year). If he loses one house, will that help him face the reality that we are not a leftist nation or will he continue whining and pouting and slamming and blasting and playing golf?

    October 20, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. cecilia

    I never realized just how shallow half of the American people are. they produce the likes of O'donnell and palin, and all the other mindless twits and diss a woman like House Speaker Pelosi. the one consolation is that they will get what they ask for if the tan man gets to be speaker. what a joke – he has not said one intelligent thing and now he could become the Speaker. OMG

    October 20, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Me

    First of all, Ed Fl, LEAVE THE PARTY! You are a crappy democrat and if you cared about any of the policies and ideals of this party you would be more supportive of Nancy Pelosi AND after the disaster that was Republicans in power why would you wish them back?!? THEY SINGLE HANDEDLY BROUGHT THE NATION TO IT'S KNEES!!! THEIR POLICIES ARE PROVEN FAILURES!
    We are in the midst of a slow recovery. WHY would we go back?!?

    Back to the subject of the article. Were any of the people polled from San Francisco? They didn't poll me! I like Nancy...SHE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!

    October 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. DwayneL

    Better a lame duck for two years than more socialism and unemployment!

    October 20, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Charlie

    Neither party has been listening to the taxpayer ( the group that makes up 53% of the public). Hence the great dissatisfaction with the professional politicians. This gave rise to the TEA party which is full of grass roots, tax paying Americans. No silver spoons or gangsters in this bunch. The problem with the TEA party is they have ordinary everyday Americans running for office instead of professional politicians. Hence they come across as looking bad at times. But the TEA party has it right.

    October 20, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Orlando Patriot

    Reminder: When Democrats took over Congress in Jan 2007 unemployment was 4.6% – now it is 9.7%. National Debt in Jan 2007 was $8.6 Trillion – now it is $13.6 Trillion. Now we have a RECORD number of people on Welfare and requiring Food Stamps. Tell me again why the Democrat Party is so good? Looks to me that the Democrats have absolutely TANKED this country (facts and figures don't lie). This woman (and the Democrat Party now lead by Barack Hussein Obama) is the ones that drove us into the ditch!! Why is it whenever the country is totally screwed up by the Democrats it takes a Republican to fix everything?

    On the evening of November 2nd I will be enjoying every minute as I watch the Democrats spanked in city after city and state after state. However, the BEST night is going to be when the gavel is OFFICIALLY handed FROM Nancy Pelosi to John Boehner!!

    October 20, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Kevin

    Nancy is terrible. She has destroyed California and now wants to destroy california

    October 20, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Joshua College Station TX

    Why is everyone always picking on Nancy Pelosi? She is one of the most honest and effective leaders we have in Congress. She says what she is going to do and she does it. She helped move over 400 bills through the House that went to the Senate. Most of these bills were very popular with the people and would have accomplished many of the things Obama promised when he ran for office. If there is anyone who has kept progress from occurring it is the Republicans in the Senate. They are working for corporate interests and not the American people. They have stymied all efforts at reform and change. And now we are going to get rid of the best Democrat Senators and elect Tea Party crazies instead? Whose idea was that? Have we gone insane? We are going to elect more Republican Senators at a time when we need more Democrats to overcome the filibuster? It seems the American people are incredibly gullible in believing Fox News and Republicans. I can't believe it myself.

    October 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Al - Northern Virginia

    What else is new. What has Pelosi done? When has she scheduled a press conference or encourage a rally to tout the successes the democrats have had over the last two years? She has done nothing to promote her own party or be a leader in a time of uncertainty. She talked tough prior to 2006, now she glides in looking glamorous but doing nothing. She could have better utilized her position. She is her own undoing.

    October 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. malak

    Funny how Dems are blaming the Repubs for not being able to pass a lot of bills because of Repubs mostly unanimous opposition. What Dems and their fans illogically are blinded to is this: the Dems DID NOT NEED ANY REPUBLICAN VOTES to pass any bill!!! The Dems had control of BOTH houses of Congress, and so their failure is that a number of DEMOCRATS aligned with Republican and voted No. The Repubs had no leverage and yet they are getting blamed? Hahahahahahaha. Yeah I agree there will be gridlock for the next two years, and that is good news for the USA. The leftist takeover will have stopped and the push to repeal socialized medicine will have begun.

    October 20, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. reddragon696

    Nancy Pelosi deserves every negative vote she gets and more. Her refusal to hold bush & his cronies accountable for their illegal acts showed that she cared more about the Republicans than she did about the Democrats or the American people. I agree with previous poster Ed Fi in that I would rather see the Republicans take control again than to see Pelosi remain in charge another day. We at least know what to expect from the Republicans and their narrow-minded Ultra-Conservative, homophobic views. With Pelosi one never knows what her agenda is other than to keep herself in power. One thing is for certain, she cares nothing for Us, The People, or protecting and enforcing the U.S. Constitution and really is nothing more than a Republican wanna-be and that is the last thing we need in the role of Speaker of the House.

    October 20, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. redisgreat

    Finally maybe she will understand that she has wasted 2 years. Not to mention the 8 years with Bush where if she had tried a bit harder there could have been some decent legislation passed.

    October 20, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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