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Monday, April 16, 2012

Nancy Pelosi Is Least-Liked Congressional Leader, Poll Shows

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

click to enlarge America is dousing Pelosi with a shower of Hatorade.
  • America is dousing Pelosi with a shower of Hatorade.

Remember that scene in the The Sandlot when Smalls said he didn't know who the Great Bambino was, prompting all the other kids to incredulously list off the rest of Babe Ruth's many nicknames? The Sultan of Swat! The Colossus of Clout! The King of Crash! And so Smalls, not wanting to seem ignorant in front of his new friends, exclaimed that he did in fact know who he was: "Oh, the Great Bambino!"

That's pretty much what happened to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. (D-San Francisco). As Republicans campaigned to retake the House in 2010, she was featured in $65 million-worth of ads incredulously listing off her many alleged assaults on the Constitution. Supported job-killing ObamaCare! Supported European-socialist stimulus! Against job-creating millionaire tax cuts!

Know who she is? "Oh, the liberty-hating Nancy Pelosi!"

No surprise, then, that Pelosi remains the least-liked congressional leader. According to a new Rasmussen poll, 60 percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the San Francisco rep.

The survey asked 1,000 likely voters their impression of House Minority Leader Pelosi, Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. None of them did particularly well; however, the Republican pair fared much better than the Democratic duo.

Boehner was the most liked, with a favorable rating of 37 percent and an unfavorable rating of 42 percent. McConnell was the least disliked, with an unfavorable of 36 percent and a favorable of 32. Reid had 48 percent unfavorables and 27 percent favorables.

All told, Pelosi's 31 percent favorability was 29 points lower than her unfavorable rating, the greatest disparity among the group.

In the meantime, congressional stalemates over the debt ceiling, budget cuts, tax raises, infrastructure funding, entitlement reform, and various other governance have become the equivalent of losing your stepdad's Babe Ruth-autographed baseball.

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