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Gallup: Congressional leaders often viewed negatively

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.

Americans aren’t enthusiastic about Congress’ leaders.

A Gallup poll released Thursday found “views of each of the four leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate continue to be more negative than positive.”

The survey, taken April 24 to 30, found 31 percent viewed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, positively while 45 percent viewed him negatively. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had a 33/49 percent favorable/unfavorable showing.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid’s numbers were 27/41 favorable/unfavorable. Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was at 23/40.

It wasn’t always this way, said Gallup:

“Boehner, who has served as the Republican leader of the House since 2006 and became speaker in 2011, enjoyed generally positive and neutral net favorability ratings between 2009 and 2011,” a poll analysis said.

“His highest net favorable rating was in January 2011,” when he first became speaker, but tumbled later in the year. The rating has recovered a bit from its lowest point, during last fall’s shutdown.

“Americans' views of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who served as speaker from 2007 to 2011, remained mostly positive through 2008,” Gallup said. “She also enjoyed a surge in positivity in early 2007 when she became speaker. Since 2009, however, her unfavorable ratings have consistently overshadowed her favorable ratings by at least 12 points.”

In the Senate, Reid has not received a net positive score since 2007. And since Gallup first began asking about McConnell four years ago, he has yet to have a net positive rating.

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