While Democrats’ majority in the House is inarguably slim, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and fellow Democrat leaders in the lower chamber have acted as though they wield a supermajority with recent policy proposals that can be described as radical, at best. But according to a new poll, not everyone in Washington is as confident as Pelosi and company.
According to Breitbart, a new survey showed most staffers on Capitol Hill think Pelosi’s partisan agenda has a thin chance of actually coming to fruition.
The poll reportedly came as part of a new joint effort between Punchbowl News and Locust Street Group. Known as “The Canvass,” the initiative is said to be focused exclusively on polling the individuals in Congress that it described as the “gatekeepers and, in many cases, the decision-makers” for elected members.
Capitol Hill isn’t buying it
Pressed on some of the major legislative packages currently being considered on Capitol Hill, the aides surveyed revealed that they don’t feel prospects are particularly bright for congressional Democrats who want to make sweeping changes.
Case in point: Only about 36% of Democratic staffers believed that Congress would be able to pass into law H.R. 3, a massive bill that would ostensibly reduce prescription drug costs for consumers.
Critics of the bill have noted that reductions in prices would be short-lived, as other aspects of the bill could prove costly for drug manufacturers, Breitbart reported.
As for Democrats’ incessant push for increased gun control, only 5% of Democratic staffers on Capitol Hill actually expect provisions like an “assault weapons” ban to become law.
The Canvass wryly noted: “So next time you see ads or a push for this legislation, please understand that many of the people who are working on it think it has absolutely no chance of going anywhere.”
What’s more, only 17% of those surveyed — including just 25% of Democratic aides — feel confident that Congress will pass H.R. 8, a bill requiring universal background checks that would essentially criminalize the private sale of firearms.
In fact, it appears that the only item on Dems’ legislative agenda that a majority of staffers from both parties think has a chance at becoming law is a corporate tax hike to help pay for President Joe Biden’s costly “infrastructure” proposals.
All of that undoubtedly comes as a devastating blow to Pelosi — and it doesn’t help matters that previously released data from The Canvass showed 66% of senior Capitol Hill staffers, including 36% of Democratic aides, believe Republicans will regain control of the House in 2022, ending Pelosi’s four-year reign as speaker.
While there are a number of factors at play, the fact that Pelosi has attempted to use her slim majority as a cudgel against the GOP definitely hasn’t helped in that regard.