President Joe Biden can rest just a little easier this week – because Americans have finally found a Democratic politician they like even less than him.
A new poll from the National Republican Congressional Committee finds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is the most unpopular Democrat in the nation.
And it’s not even close.
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“Nancy Pelosi is the most toxic politician in the country,” NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg told the Daily Caller. “Every Democrat who has supported her agenda, which is every single one, is in for a rough campaign.”
Her favorability rating is down to just 34 percent, according to the Daily Caller, which had an exclusive look at the poll.
As bad as that is, the next number is far worse: Fifty-eight percent of voters view her unfavorably, including 47 percent who chose “strongly unfavorable” in the poll.
While the far-left Pelosi has never been popular with the U.S. public at large, those numbers represent steep declines even for her.
Just over a year ago, an NRCC poll found 41 percent viewed her favorably, versus 52 percent unfavorably.
The new poll represents a combined 13-point swing against her.
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Becoming the most unpopular Democrat in the nation is quite the feat given that Biden himself is historically unpopular as he faces high inflation, poor messaging on the pandemic, and multiple crises at home and abroad.
One of those crises, the war in Ukraine, delivered a brief “rally” effect in which his poll numbers jumped.
But it didn’t last: Today, just 41.3 percent of the nation approves of his job as president, versus 53 percent who disapprove, according to the latest FiveThirtyEight average.
That’s just a hair above where former President Donald Trump was at this point in his term, and well below the approval rating of every other president of either party since WWII.
But Pelosi’s numbers may be the most important right now given the upcoming midterm elections.
As November gets closer, the numbers for Democrats keep getting worse. That’s no surprise. Not only is there a historical trend of midterms going against the party that just won the White House, but there’s also Washington’s dysfunction.
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Pelosi has presided over one of the nation’s most divided and least effective legislative sessions of all time, marked by poisonous dialogue and committee hearings where members showboat for the cameras rather than work for the American public.
Despite that, the 82-year-old lawmaker is running again in November – and while she had previously agreed to a term limit as House speaker, she is now refusing to rule out holding onto leadership of her conference… something that reportedly irks a younger generation of lawmakers eager to take over.
While the young progressives might topple Pelosi and seize control over the party, it’s likely they won’t take control over Congress just yet: With a wave of Democrats retiring amid poor poll numbers, Republicans are positioned to win back the House majority in November.
But the GOP may not want to rest too easy.
There’s one politician in the nation who is nearly as unpopular as Pelosi: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
The current average on RealClearPolitics has both Pelosi and McCarthy with unfavorable ratings 20 points higher than their favorable ratings.
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Seems like the Golden State might produce America’s favorite movies… but it also churns out some of the nation’s least favorite politicians.
In fact, just one politician ranks worse: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is nearly 35 points underwater as he faces a potential challenge to his leadership should the GOP reclaim the Senate.
— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert.