As infighting has increasingly made her a target for members of her own caucus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing new challenges to her leadership position.
According to a new poll conducted this month, a clear majority of respondents want Pelosi to be replaced as House speaker.
A majority of voters wants to see Pelosi replaced
The Morning Consult/Politico survey found just 31% of voters have confidence in her ability to serve another term while 56% say they have had enough of her.
As public opinion of her continues to trend downward, the latest negative news came during polling that took place between Friday and Sunday.
Despite the general attitude toward her, however, House Democrats are expected to throw their support behind Pelosi for another term as speaker.
A majority of Republicans and independents surveyed said they were opposed to Pelosi. Even among Democrats, though, one in three respondents said they to see someone else in the leadership role.
While it might seem an inauspicious start to the upcoming session for Pelosi to see a third of her own party’s voters turn against her, Pelosi is set to sail through the process of re-election with no competition for the speakership position.
“Contend with diminished majorities”
The latest poll is just the latest evidence of a widening schism within the Democratic Party that became clear throughout President Donald Trump’s first term in office.
Of course, Pelosi is not the only party leader facing unfavorable reviews from constituents, as Morning Consult’s co-founder and president explained.
“Over half of registered voters — 52 percent — hold unfavorable views of both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Kyle Dropp said. “Each hopes to remain in charge of their respective chambers next year when leadership elections formally take place, but will have to contend with diminished majorities in the new Congress — at best — following the 2020 election.”
Pelosi has faced mounting intraparty pressure in the weeks since underwhelming House races across the nation contributed to a razor-thin majority for Democrats.
Combined with reports of strained relations with some in her party’s progressive wing, Democrats appear poised to face a continuing ideological split in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections.