A new poll shows how toxic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has become for Democrats among Americans generally, and even for many Democrats.
"A yearning for change"
Only 27 percent of Americans believe that the Democratic party should keep Pelosi as their leader according to a new poll.
Even among Democrats, Pelosi's approval barely stays positive, with 50 percent saying she should keep her leadership position, and 49 percent saying she should be replaced.
The American Barometer poll from Hill.TV and HarrisX comes at a time when more Democrats are speaking out against Pelosi, and Republicans are using her extreme comments to campaign against Democrats in more moderate districts.
Even more telling, when those polled were told how long she had been in the leadership, the percentage advocating Pelosi be replaced jumped to 56 percent.
“Democrats are split on whether to keep Nancy Pelosi as leader and independents and most voter groups want someone else to step up," said Dritan Nesho of HarrisX. "The findings suggest a yearning for change."
Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, rejected that conclusion when asked by the Hill to comment on the poll. Instead, Hammill pointed to similarly low polling for House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
How accurate is this poll?
The Hill.TV/HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1021 registered voters between August 3 and 4. The error margin of the poll was plus or minus 3.07 percentage points.
Here's an MSNBC report about Democrats turning on Pelosi: