Poll finds Pelosi best known, but least liked congressional leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the most well-known but least-favored of the four congressional leaders, according to a new poll.

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The Gallup poll released Wednesday found that only 11 percent of those surveyed said they had never heard of Pelosi, making her the best known of the four top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate. But Pelosi also topped the list in unpopularity. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said they have an unfavorable opinion of her while 31 percent have a favorable opinion. 

By comparison, 14 percent said they had not heard of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The poll found that 41 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Boehner while 31 percent have a favorable view. 

Twenty-two percent say they have never heard of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Twenty-six percent said they have a favorable view of McConnell, with 34 percent holding an unfavorable view. 

The numbers are similar for McConnell's counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The poll found that 21 percent said they had never heard of Reid and 27 percent had a favorable opinion of the top Senate Democrat while 38 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion. 

Broken down by party affiliation, Pelosi is the most popular among Democrats but least popular among Republicans. Sixty-two percent of Democrats said they have a favorable opinion of Pelosi while 15 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion. Just 6 percent of Republicans said they have a favorable opinion of the top House Democrat while 83 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion. 

With Reid, 47 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion while 15 percent have an unfavorable opinion. Among Republicans, just 9 percent said they have a favorable opinion of Reid while 62 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion. 

The numbers are slightly better for Boehner among those surveyed from the opposing party. Twenty-one percent of Democrats said they have a favorable view of Boehner while 52 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion. Among Republicans, Boehner holds a 50-26 favorable split. 

Forty-six percent of Republicans said they have a favorable view of McConnell while 18 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. Among Democrats, McConnell has a 13-44 unfavorable split. 

The poll was conducted among 1,012 adults from April 11 to 14 and has a 4-point margin of error.