Amid the ongoing House impeachment inquiry announced by Rep. Nancy Pelosi in late September, 45 percent of Americans surveyed said they had a negative – either somewhat or very – view of the House speaker, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday.
On the flip side, 31 percent of those who were surveyed said they had a positive – also either somewhat or very – view of Pelosi. The poll was conducted at the end of last month – from October 27 to October 30. The survey, which involved some 414 interviews, reported obtaining 48 percent of responses from males and 52 percent of responses from females.
In addition to questions about Pelosi, the pollsters also asked questions about several other prominent members of Congress. Forty percent of those surveyed had a negative view of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, while only 18 percent said they had a positive view of the leader of the Senate. While fewer said they had a negative view of McConnell than Pelosi, fewer also said they had a positive view of the Kentucky legislator.
Like McConnell, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who has sometimes served as a GOP critic of the president, had an 18 percent favorability rating. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they had a negative view of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.
On California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, 28 percent of those polled said they had a negative view of the legislator who has fielded many attacks from the president over the past month over his handling of the impeachment probe. The president has on multiple occasions accused Schiff of treason, though 41 percent of respondents in the poll said they either didn’t know who Schiff was or didn’t have an opinion on him.
The poll also asked the same question about President Donald Trump. Forty percent of respondents said they had a positive view of the 45th commander-in-chief, while more than half – 53 percent – said they had a negative view of the president.
Support for Pelosi seems to have grown since the question was last asked in the poll in January of this year, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal previous polling data. Twenty-eight percent of those polled at the beginning of the year said they a positive view of Pelosi, three percent less than the current support for the house speaker. Her disapproval rating seems to have fallen just slightly, too. In January, some 47 percent of those surveyed said that they had an overall negative view of the house speaker, a position that Pelosi resumed in January when Democrats took control of the House from Republicans.