Nancy Pelosi more popular than Trump after monthlong shutdown – Washington Examiner

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019

If politics is just a big popularity contest, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is winning — or at least, she isn’t losing as badly as President Trump.

According to a new CBS poll, Pelosi is more popular than either Trump or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. When asked about her job performance, respondents gave Pelosi a 39 percent approval, with 50 percent disapproving.

Trump received only a 36 percent approval and 59 percent disapproval. McConnell didn’t fare any better, with a 25-55 approval-disapproval differential.

That politicians aren’t popular isn’t new. That Pelosi is more popular than the president after 32 days of a government shutdown over the border wall, however, is significant. At the very least, it shows that the new speaker, who retook the gavel for a second time at the beginning of the year, is weathering the crisis better than either of her negotiating partners.

The job approval polling tracks with overall opinion polling on the shutdown. The public blames Trump for letting the government go dark, though Republican voters are increasingly in favor of the wall as a concept.


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