Poll: 56 Percent of Democrats Say Pelosi Should Not Be House Speaker

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A majority of Democrats say they are not in favor of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) becoming the next Speaker of the House.

A Gallup poll released Thursday found that 56 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democrat do not want Pelosi to assume the top leadership position in the House—which Pelosi held between 2007 and 2011—and think another Democrat should take her place.

The poll was conducted between October 15 and October 28, a few weeks before Democrats gained control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

Dozens of non-incumbent Democrat congressional candidates and incumbent congressional Democrats also feel that Pelosi should not be Speaker of the House.

At least 87 Democrat candidates in the midterm elections refused to endorse Pelosi for speaker while on the campaign trail, and the numbers did not look much better for Democrats currently serving in the House.

One Texas Democrat, Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), said in October that he could count at least a dozen incumbent Democrats in Congress who would vote against Pelosi for speaker regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections.

Pelosi has remained outspoken against President Trump in the days after Democrats won the House in the midterm elections.

The current House Minority Leader told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Trump was attempting to “suppress the vote” by commenting on Florida’s recount efforts in the state’s U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections.


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