Gallup Poll: Congressional Leaders Remain Unpopular
Posted at 1:23 p.m. on May 16
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Americans are still unhappy with John A. Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, according to a Gallup poll that showed all four top leaders garnering net negative scores.
Pelosi, the House minority leader, remains the most polarizing and best-known leader, with the highest unfavorability — 49 percent — and favorability ratings — 33 percent. Only about 1 in 5 respondents said they had never heard of or had no opinion of her.
Boehner has recovered some favorability in the eyes of the electorate from his low during the end of last year, around the time of the partial government shutdown. His unfavorability came in at 45 percent, while 31 percent of respondents said they view him favorably. About 1 in 4 said they had never heard of or had no opinion on the speaker.
Senate Minority Leader McConnell, is the least known leader, with about 2 in 5 respondents saying they had never heard of him or had no opinion. The Kentucky Republican had the highest net unfavorability rating; 40 percent of respondents said they view him unfavorably, while just 23 percent reported a favorable view.
Forty-one percent of respondents said they view Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., unfavorably and 27 percent said they hold a favorable view. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they had never heard of him or had no opinion.
The full poll, released Thursday, can be seen here.