A Gallup poll asked Americans what their views were of Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, and McConnell. The public responded: unfavorable.
But, in this quartet of leaders, Pelosi won out: by far the most unfavorable. She continues to plummet.
More Americans (79%) knew who she was than the other three, and of those who had heard of her, 48% were unfavorable.
The top Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and Senate are a generally unpopular foursome, with Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi being the most well-known, but also the least well-liked. Thirty-one percent of Americans view Pelosi favorably and 48% unfavorably. Her resulting net -17 image score compares with -11 for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, -10 for Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, and -8 for Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Are they serious? Yes, they are.
Pelosi also rates as the most polarizing of the four congressional leaders, a distinction she also held the last time all four were rated, in May 2010. This is based on the finding that, compared with Boehner, Reid, and McConnell, she receives the highest favorable reviews from members of her own party as well as the highest unfavorable reviews from members of the opposing party.
More specifically, 62% of Democrats view Pelosi favorably, while 83% of Republicans view her unfavorably — a 145-percentage-point spread. This compares with a 109-point spread for Reid, a 102-point spread for Boehner, and a 90-point spread for McConnell.
Pelosi therefore stands as the most appropriate symbol of Congress: polarizing, generally unpopular, and heading lower day by day.