‘It’s time for a change. And that starts at the top…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A new poll reveals that only 27 percent of Americans support Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s leadership in the House, with nearly half of the Democrats surveyed saying it’s time to find a new chief.
The new American Barometer poll released on Thursday found that only 51 percent of Democrats think House Democrats should keep Pelosi in a leadership position. Ninety-one percent of Republicans said House Democrats should pick a new leader, and 79 percent of independents said likewise.
Many Democrats in the House have already said they would not support Pelosi if she made a bid for the House Speakership. And in June, 20 Democrat candidates said that, if elected, they would not vote for Pelosi for Speaker.
“The fact is leaders of both parties have let us down,” said Dan McCready, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-backed candidate for Congress in North Carolina, to the Charlotte Observer. “It’s time for a change. And that starts at the top.”
Pelosi, however, has ignored these results, saying that if Democrats retake the House, she expects to be elected Speaker this November.
“We will win. I will run for speaker,” she told The Boston Globe. “I feel confident about it, and my members do, too.”
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesman, said the poll was “designed to generate a negative result for Leader Pelosi.”
He said party leaders are often viewed negatively, pointing to polls that showed House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as unpopular among Republican party members as well.
But Dritan Nesho, CEO of HarrisX, an organization that helped release the poll, said the results show a “yearning for change.”
“Democrats are split on whether to keep Nancy Pelosi as leader, and independents and most voter groups want someone else to step up,” Nesho said during an interview with Hill.TV.