Progressive and conservative Dems could provide difficulties for Pelosi, says polling editor

Polling editor Cameron Easley said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that competing pulls from conservative and progressive Democrats could be difficult for House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTimeline: The Trump whistleblower complaint DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Ukraine could badly damage both Donald Trump and the Democrats MORE (D-Calif.), who is poised to return as Speaker in the new Congress next year.  

"There's a significant portion of Democrats, more conservative Democrats, more rural Democrats, who are concerned about illegal immigration as well," Easley told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on Monday. 

"That's something that's going to be a little bit difficult probably for the Democratic leaders to navigate during the next two years into 2020," he continued. 

"A lot of these new Democrats who were elected and came into the House such as [Rep.-elect] Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez reveals new policies for campaign aides with children Kennedy launches primary challenge against Markey The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam MORE [D-N.Y.], they are not looking to compromise. They want to go the other direction, and that's going to be something that Pelosi has to deal with."

Easley's comments come as Democrats attempt to work with Republicans on the issue of immigration in an effort to avoid a partial government shutdown on December 21. 

The two sides have been unable to reach a compromise on how much money they should put toward President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE's proposed border wall. 

Trump on Tuesday threatened a government shutdown if he does not get funding for his proposed border wall during a contentious Oval Office meeting with Vice President Pence, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Pelosi.

— Julia Manchester