Speaker Nancy Pelosi already has announced
she will seek to remain as leader of the House Democrats in the next Congress, but she doesn't have much of a mandate for keeping that job from fellow Democrats across the country, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll
conducted Nov. 11-14.
Forty-seven percent of Democrats in the survey say they would prefer someone else as minority leader compared to 45 percent who want to stick with Pelosi. Four percent says it makes no difference to them who the leader is while another 4 percent have no opinion.
Among the general public, 66 percent of all Americans want to see someone other than Pelosi in the job, while 26 percent support her. Five percent say it makes no difference and 3 percent have no opinion.
Pelosi is seen unfavorably by 52 percent of the public while 33 percent regard her favorably, with 8 percent saying they have no opinion and 7 percent saying they never heard of her. Among Democrats alone, 56 percent see her favorably, 20 percent see her unfavorably, 8 percent have no opinion and 7 percent never heard of her.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labors in comparative obscurity compared to Pelosi, despite all the attend paid to his close-call campaign for re-election. Twenty-four percent of all Americans say they never heard of him and 35 percent of Democrats say the same.
Republican Minority Leader John Boehner, who is almost certain to be the next Speaker, still flies under the public radar. Twenty-nine percent have never heard of him while 19 percent who have heard of him, have no opinion. Of those who do have a view, 30 percent see him favorably while 22 percent do not. Those numbers are about the same as they were before Election Day.
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