According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has an approval rating of just 21%, compared with the 47% who disapprove of her job performance. The Wall Street Journal,
Mrs. Pelosi, whom House Democrats re-elected as minority leader Tuesday, is better known than any other congressional leader even though she hasn’t been at the forefront of legislation since Republicans won control of the House in 2010. She’s only unknown by 12% of those polled, a figure far below the one-third of voters who aren’t sure about Senate leaders Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.)…
Of course, the national approval ratings of congressional leaders is most useful when they are being used as campaign year foils – somebody for whom attack advertisements can say a candidate voted with a large percentage of the time.
And while there was substantial and public grumbling among Democrats about Mr. Reid and Mrs. Pelosi’s leadership positions, neither faced a challenger in their quests to remain the heads of their caucus.