Poll: 56% of Democrats Don't Want Pelosi to Be House Speaker
Rep. Nancy Pelosi recently said she is "100-percent" confident that she will be the next Speaker of the House, but a new poll found that a majority of Democrats don't want her in the leadership role she held from 2007 to 2011.
A new Gallup poll shows that by 56 percent to 39 percent, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said Pelosi (D-Calif.) should be replaced as their leader in the House.
The question was posed to Democrats in Gallup's Oct. 15-28 poll, conducted before the party won back control of the House in the midterm elections.
Dozens of Democratic candidates, including many who won their elections last week, have pledged not to support Pelosi for Speaker when the party decides on its leader for the next Congress later this month.
On "Fox & Friends First" Monday, Democratic strategist Howard Franklin said Pelosi is right to feel confident, because she has a long record of service in the House, and she has proven to be a prolific fundraiser.
"I do believe she's got a lot of reason to expect that even some of the people who have said less than positive things about her coming back into the role will ultimately vote to support her," Franklin said.
Republican strategist Matt Braynard agreed that Pelosi should be confident about being re-elected to the speakership, pointing out that the winning party "tends to dance with the leader that [brought] them."
"It's really unfortunate because her negative ratings are twice what the president's are. She's a millstone around the neck of the Democratic Party," Braynard said. "And if she really cared about their interests, she would take this time to step back, groom a successor -- which she has not done -- and allow a fresh face to come forward while remaining a power, a force behind the scenes."
He said that for Pelosi, however, the speaker's gavel is her "white whale," and she can't let it go.
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