More Americans Approve of Trump's Performance As President Than Pelosi's As House Speaker: Poll

More Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president than Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, according to a new poll.

A NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, released on Thursday, shows that 44 percent of American adults surveyed approved of Trump's performance in the Oval Office, while 53 percent disapproved and three percent said they were unsure. Pelosi's rating was slightly lower, with 39 percent of American adults approving of the House speaker's performance in Congress, 52 percent disapproving and eight percent unsure.

The survey was conducted on Wednesday night by phone, one day after Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry after the emergence of the whistleblower scandal and Trump's flubbed attempts at defending himself, but before the whistleblower complaint and summary of the president's phone discussion with Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, was released publicly. It surveyed 864 people in the United States.

Trump garnered a slightly higher rating among national registered voters, with 45 percent approving of the job he is doing as president and 51 percent disapproving. Among national registered voters, Pelosi received 39 percent of support, with 55 percent disapproving of the job she is doing as House speaker.

Unsurprisingly, Trump received overwhelming support among Republicans, with 90 percent approving of his performance in the White House, while 74 percent of Democrats approved of Pelosi's performance in Congress.

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Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (R) and US Vice President Mike Pence (L) applaud US President Donald Trump as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Saul Loeb/Getty

Among those that say they have been following the news about the House impeachment inquiry very or fairly closely, 46 percent approved of Trump, while 40 percent approved among those that have not been following the events very closely.

Pelosi also garnered more support from Americans who have been following the news about the impeachment inquiry very closely, with 41 percent approving of her performance among that group, while only 31 percent approving of Pelosi's performance among those who have not followed the recent events very closely.

The same poll found that Americans were split on whether they support the Democrat-led House's recently announced impeachment inquiry into Trump, with 49 percent of American adults approving and 46 disapproving. The remaining five percent said they were unsure.

"Democrats in the House have work to do to convince people of the usefulness of their case," Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said.

After having long resisted calls from progressive lawmakers to launch impeachment proceedings, Pelosi's mind appeared to have changed after Trump was accused of pressuring Zelensky to launch an investigation into his 2020 rival Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

A summary of a portion of Trump's call with Zelensky, released by the White House on Wednesday, proved that the U.S. president did request assistance from Ukraine in probing the family of his political opponent. The document also showed Trump offering his own administration's Attorney General to assist in the probe.