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Gallup: Pelosi Is Least Liked Congressional Leader

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File photo of Nancy Pelosi. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

File photo of Nancy Pelosi. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The results of a recent Gallup poll indicate that Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the most disliked congressional leader.

According to a release on the poll posted to Gallup’s website, 48 percent of Americans view Pelosi unfavorably.

“The top Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and Senate are a generally unpopular foursome, with Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi being the most well-known, but also the least well-liked,” the release noted.

Pelosi’s negative reviews are indicative of a trend of poor ratings that she has garnered since 2009.

“In January 2007, Gallup found 44 percent of Americans viewing her favorably and 22 percent unfavorably, while 34 percent couldn’t offer an opinion,” the release noted. “Negative perceptions of Pelosi rose to 50 percent in May 2009 as she was embroiled in a public dispute with the CIA over ‘waterboarding’ of terrorist suspects and whether she had previously been briefed on this ‘enhanced interrogation’ technique.”

Gallup researchers added, “Her unfavorable rating peaked at 56 percent in October 2010, right before the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in that year’s midterm elections.”

John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, earned negative ratings from 41 percent of those who participated in the poll. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid earned unfavorable reviews from 38 percent of those asked, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was negatively reviewed by 34 percent.

The release noted, “[Pelosi's] resulting net -17 image score compares with -11 for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, -10 for Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, and -8 for Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

Additionally, 22 percent of respondents indicated that they had never even heard of McConnell, making him the least known of the four Congressional leaders.

The poll was conducted by telephone from April 11 to April 14, and involved a sampling of 1,012 adults from across the nation.

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