Nancy Pelosi Least Favorable Member of Congress, NRCC Poll Finds

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received a "very unfavorable" rating from a majority of battleground congressional district voters, a new poll finds.

A poll conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) among 1,000 voters in 85 battleground voting districts found Pelosi is unpopular with "almost every key subgroup" outside the Democratic Party base. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable view of Pelosi, the California Democrat first elected to office in 1987. In district's which split their votes between Republicans and Democrats in 2020, Pelosi only receives a favorable rating from 38 percent of respondents.

Overall, 51 percent of NRCC survey respondents gave Pelosi a "very unfavorable" rating in the poll conducted the final week of February. She was marked as "the most unpopular elected official in the country," receiving just a 41 percent favorable rating among those surveyed.

Pelosi's favorability numbers showed she is unfavorable among suburban women, white college graduates, Hispanics and pro-union labor households.

The poll found a majority of battleground voting district respondents want to reopen schools across the country from COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. A 62 percent majority said they hold Democratic lawmakers responsible for keeping schools closed despite being "safe to reopen." Two-thirds of those surveyed, including Democrat and Independent voters, said they think it's safe to send students back to in-person learning.

Sixty-six percent of respondents in the survey said Democrat efforts to keep schools closed is "toxic."

Pelosi, 80, is the first and only woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Two transportation projects which were tied to her and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer were dropped from the $1.9 trillion relief package passed by Congress last week. The bill received zero votes from Republican senators. Forty-four percent of voters described the $1.9 trillion care package as a "bailout" for Democratic-controlled states despite the fact that "Blue Counties" compose the vast majority of U.S. wealth.

By comparison, 57 percent of Americans surveyed by NBC News/The Wall Street Journal in 2009 said they supported then-President Barack Obama's stimulus package. But one year later, just 35 percent of those surveyed described that relief bill as a "good idea."

Despite aggressive pushback from Republican members of the House, Pelosi is calling for a "strongly bipartisan" commission to study the Capitol insurrection on January 6. She and other House Democrats have compared their potential probe as similar to the one formed to study the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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House Republicans sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday that implied she bore some blame for security lapses during the Capitol riot. Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol on February 11 in Washington, D.C. Samuel Corum/Getty