Political analyst says most Americans don't focus on congressional leaders

Political analyst Bill Schneider said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that most Americans do not pay attention to leaders in Congress, paying more attention to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE "because he's a personality."

Schnider's comments come as congressional leaders, like Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Speaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Why Americans must tune in to the Trump impeachment hearings MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.), have played a public role in negotiations to reopen the government.

"Americans don't pay a lot of attention to politics," Schneider said to Hill.TV's Joe Concha on Monday. "They pay attention to Trump because he's a personality. Remember he was a celebrity."

"But the inside players in Congress, they really don't pay a lot of mind," he continued. 

The Hill's campaign reporter, Reid Wilson, also said Americans are not likely to pay as much attention to those in charge in Congress. 

"The average American is much more interested in getting their kid to soccer practice or making sure there's food on the table after a long day of work or something like that, or finding and getting a better job or something like that," Wilson said. "They're not paying attention to who the Senate majority leader is."

A new Hill-HarrisX survey found Pelosi has a favorable rating of 41 percent among respondents, while McConnell has a favorable rating of 28 percent.

— Julia Manchester