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Things have gone from bad to worse for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose favorable rating has hit a new low of 29 percent, down seven points from May, according to a new Gallup poll released today.

In a survey conducted Oct. 14-17 of 1,029 adults, Gallup found the California Democrat faring poorly among independents. Her favorability among that group has dropped nine points -- to 21 percent -- since the last survey; 58 percent of independents view her unfavorably, compared with 86 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of Democrats. (The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus four points.)

House Republican Leader John Boehner, a possible successor to Pelosi if Republicans regain control of the House next month, scored better with those surveyed. Overall, 27 percent view him favorably vs. 31 percent unfavorably. However, those ratings are more negative than in 2009.

nancy pelosiHowever, when it comes to Boehner, the Gallup numbers show only 58 percent know enough about him to have an opinion compared to 85 percent for Pelosi. Similarly, a CNN/Opinion Research poll in early September said only 45 percent had an opinion of Boehner. So, if Democrats had hoped to make a target of Boehner as Republicans have done with Pelosi, they have a smaller one to shoot at.

If Pelosi is looking for something positive in the new poll, Gallup has provided it -- though it's hard to say how much reassurance it offers: The current House speaker isn't as bad off as then-Speaker Newt Gingrich was at his lowest point. In April 1997, just 24 percent of Americans viewed Gingrich favorably and 62 percent unfavorably.

As Politics Daily's Patricia Murphy reported Tuesday, a September NBC/ Wall Street Journal poll found that Pelosi had a 22 percent approval rating and a 50 percent disapproval rating, making her less popular than President Obama, Boehner, Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Only BP had an equally high negative rating -- 50 percent -- in the poll. In light of that, Republicans are blanketing the airwaves before the 2010 midterm elections in an effort to link dozens of vulnerable House Democrats to Pelosi and the policies she has championed.
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nhchaz

Let's face it...Mdme Pelosi's popularity could be in the two-holer and it wouldn't bother her...and why should it? With that much money in her portfolio, she can afford to stand up at her podium and scream at the top of her lungs, "Let them eat cake !" There's much to be said for the fearlessness of those in Absolute Power...But in the end, they all come off those marble columns. and it is known... History's path is littered with many crumbled marble columns. NHCHAZ

October 25 2010 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
craigmmeyer

Pelosi's rating at a new low as it should be. (poster woman for term limits) To me the hottest item is how to get rid if illegal's. I'm sick and tired of the government/politicians pandering to them with enticements of citizenship to gain the latino vote it just makes me sick. Who is going to pay for the schools, the prisons, the government funded social welfare for them all. My vote goes to anyone who supports tough enforcement of our existing laws. You enter the country illegally, you are a criminal.That's how every other country works, especially including Mexico.

October 22 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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conemo

who does know how to save our economy. In fact, Obama has made most of the right moves except he didn't do enough fiscal stimulus. He saved us from a depression I can tell you that. He did make mistakes in not being aggressive enough and then he made an insensitive move to move quickly to health care which felt like a big spending program and a change that many people didn't really want. People weren't ready for it. He should have waited and focused on job creation and gotten more fiscal stimulus. Now, he is being overly blamed but healthcare is an essential problem for our society. He didn't understand the timing. And Pelosi is aknee jerk liberal who wanted her name associated with such a major reform. We need healthcare reform, but so few people understand it that they blew it for themselves by pushing it before people had confidence in the economy. Now, they hog tied themselves from doing another stimulus and have to rely on quantitative easing from FED which will be far less effective.

October 30 2010 at 6:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
plansmaker

Pelosi, Reid and BHO are clueless how to save our economy...All they know is tax and spend socialism...There are 100 times more jobs lost each day then job created under Obama, Pelosi and Reid...Like BP oil leaks, it gets more ugly and bigger by the day!!!

October 21 2010 at 2:43 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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conemo

All they know is tax and spend.... This is pathetic because you do nothing but repeat the stereotypic rhetoric of right wing and obstructionistic republicans who have purposely stood in the way of prouctive legislation in order to make this argument to you. You have to read or at least watch some informative t.v. Forget fox and MsNBC...they are nothing more than PR machines for each side. Start informing yourself as to what the issues and subtlties are here. We needed to spend...fiscal stimulus in order to prevent an economic depression. We didn't spend enough and too much of it was wasted and not focused on job growth. But, we have not had new taxes and not much money yet spent on social reforms though clearly we have to reign spending in. I think we need to raise the taxes only on the top two brackets. If you are in those, then I understand your upset to a degree but you'll survive. I think rich and poor will do better if the country does better. Nothing constructive from Republicans in 2 years. Let's see what happens if they control Congress. I suggest they will simply tie up legislation for 2 more years in the hopes that people will blame Obama and they'll get the White House back. They count on your stupidity and failure to educate yourself.

October 30 2010 at 6:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
conemo

All they know is tax and spend.... This is pathetic because you do nothing but repeat the stereotypic rhetoric of right wing and obstructionistic republicans who have purposely stood in the way of prouctive legislation in order to make this argument to you. You have to read or at least watch some informative t.v. Forget fox and MsNBC...they are nothing more than PR machines for each side. Start informing yourself as to what the issues and subtlties are here. We needed to spend...fiscal stimulus in order to prevent an economic depression. We didn't spend enough and too much of it was wasted and not focused on job growth. But, we have not had new taxes and not much money yet spent on social reforms though clearly we have to reign spending in. I think we need to raise the taxes only on the top two brackets. If you are in those, then I understand your upset to a degree but you'll survive. I think rich and poor will do better if the country does better. Nothing constructive from Republicans in 2 years. Let's see what happens if they control Congress. I suggest they will simply tie up legislation for 2 more years in the hopes that people will blame Obama and they'll get the White House back. They count on your stupidity and failure to educate yourself.

October 30 2010 at 6:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cayce58

She was just on Charlie Rose show 5 minutes ago. Intelligent and knowledgeable. Bout a thousand times more interesting than a Palin or Boehner. Actually said WHY they did some of the things thyey. did. You republicans really should spend some time listening to PBS.

October 21 2010 at 1:15 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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HoosierPatriot

Want a JOB???? FIRE PELOSI!!!!

October 21 2010 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
norm535

She was about to use deem and pass to get the health care bill passed and sent on to the white house, but it wasn't deemed necessary, the Chicago style oval office realized they simply could bribe a few senators. And it worked.

October 25 2010 at 6:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shirle44

Ya! I guess you could say she done a good job on being Speaker of House. More Debt. No Jobs Losing your job Not increasing in SS Benifits an being Obama yes Girl .After November 2 she is out of the speaker job.

October 21 2010 at 12:17 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
DaddyEdje

Nancy Pelosi is the Queen of ridiculous statements, "we have to pass the healthcare bill to find out what's in it, unemployment checks stimulate the economy, Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American"...The list goes on, and on, and on. What she and the other "Representatives" in Washington DC need to remember is that they aren't sent there to do what "they" want, they are sent there to do what "we" want...us...US...we the people of the United State of America. This is a republic, not a democracy.

October 20 2010 at 11:15 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
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petergrfx

Unemployment compensation DOES stimulate the economy. Unemployed people spend those checks as soon as they get them, keeping stores and other businesses they patronize in business. Add up all those checks and you get an increase in aggregate demand, which is what stimulus is all about. Take Econ 101 and get to know the subject before pontificating about it. I also hope (but have learned not expect) representatives to follow their consciences rather than the ups and downs of transitory polls. By the way, when the Iraq War became unpopular, didn't you and other conservatives praise George W. Bush for "staying the course" and NOT doing what the people said they wanted, as indicated by, among other things, the polls? How about some intellectual integrity and consistency on your part, "daddyEdje"

October 21 2010 at 1:12 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
thomsheri

Our government is a democracy, a democratic government, and also a republic. Look both words up and see what the meaning of each is. We have a democratic form of governmednt. Our flag allegiance includes "and to the republic for which it stands." Mrs. Pelosi is not the one that does not know. I wish that you could have heard her on Charlie Rose. She did an excellent job with the questios asked.

October 24 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
billybadd1

So was Christine Odonnel right or wrong? Why is everyone avoiding this? Yes or no?

October 20 2010 at 9:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dccwest

She has already resided over the busiest most successful congress in history. Record steeing tax cuts for the middle class, saving your healthcare from the insurance companies and John Boehner, financial regulation, and STimulus that created over 15000 Infrastructure projects. All this against the party of NO/

October 20 2010 at 5:47 PM Report abuse -40 rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

Nancy Pelosi has been very effective in her role as Speaker.

October 20 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse -66 rate up rate down Reply
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dc walker

,,,,,,,,,,oh yes her idea of Deem and Pass legislation with the health care bill was a blast. She figured she had enough votes for the bill and just wanted to pass it to the president for signature. With no tally vote no voter would know how their representative voted. Isn't that like a dictatorship?? You people have to pay attention to what congress says and does and not just what the NY Times, Washington Post or LA Times tells you.

October 20 2010 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +35 rate up rate down Reply
gbaker5182

I agree Pelosi is Very Effective at pushing left wing socialist ideas down our throats, because she thinks that she is smarter than the American people. The American people are sick and tired of being treated like children. Typical elitist Socialist ideas that don't work ......just ask Europe.

October 21 2010 at 12:39 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
ialbel

Pelosi is a left wing nut who thinks it is still 1968 and she has to carry the banner for socialism. She represents other left wing zealots. She is about to get a dose of reality from the angry voters across this country.

October 20 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse +61 rate up rate down Reply

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