June 28, 2010

YOU'D BE TEMPTED TO CALL HER GINGRICH IN SPIKE HEELS...:

Pelosi's Problematic Polls: The high-profile speaker has lost favor with the public--including with moderate Democrats. (Karlyn Bowman, 06.28.10, Forbes)

In another recent Gallup question, 50% favored Congress repealing "all or much" of the health care legislation passed earlier this year, and 45% were opposed. In a late May Pew poll, 39% said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate this fall that supported the health care bill, but almost as many, 35%, said they would be less likely to do so. Republicans, who by every poll measure are more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting this fall, were especially emboldened: 74% of them said say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who voted for the bill.

Americans also aren't feeling very good about their own financial situations, and they don't think the stimulus bill Pelosi pushed through Congress has worked. A new Pew poll found that 60% say it had not helped the job situation, while only one-third said it had.

Pelosi represents one of the most liberal congressional districts in the country. Her politics reflect the sentiments of her district, and not those of the rest of the country. According to Gallup, in the past two years, Americans have become "increasingly likely to describe the Democratic Party's views as 'too liberal' and less likely to say its views are 'about right.'" In Gallup's latest poll from May, 49%, a near record, called the party too liberal.

The influential Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported this week on growing tensions between the "liberal speaker from San Francisco and her inner circle and moderate members who sense an 'electoral tidal' wave coming their way" in November. As the first female speaker, Pelosi is unusually prominent. She's much better known that her counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid. She's become a lightning rod, and polls on Pelosi give good reason for Democrats to be nervous about November.


...but for the possibility that's redundant.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2010 5:47 AM
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