Democrats are divided over whether or not Nancy Pelosi should continue as House Democratic leader in the next Congress, according to a poll released Tuesday. 

The results of a CNN/Opinion Research survey show 47 percent of Democrats prefer another Democrat lead the caucus and 45 percent want Pelosi (D-Calif.), the soon-to-be ex-Speaker, to serve a term as minority leader. 


The results of the poll come one day before House Democrats elect their new leadership team. Pelosi is expected to win the race for minority leader against conservative Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), but the poll underscores the uncertainty surrounding her desire to continue leading the House Democrats. 

Speculation had swirled after the Democrats' historic losses two weeks ago that Pelosi would step aside. Republicans defeated many vulnerable Democrats by tying them to the Speaker, a liberal icon who has become unpopular with the public. 

Fifty-two percent of the public has an unfavorable view of Pelosi compared to 33 percent who view her favorably. 

By comparison, Rep. John Boehner (Ohio), the next Speaker, received a 30 percent favorable rating and a 22 percent unfavorable rating. Twenty-nine percent still have not heard of Boehner and 19 percent have no opinion of him.

The poll of 1,014 adults was taken between Nov. 11-14 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.