Poll: Democrats divided over whether Pelosi should be Speaker

Poll: Democrats divided over whether Pelosi should be Speaker
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Democratic voters are almost evenly split over whether Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) should be the next Speaker of the House, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday.

The survey, conducted by SSRS, found that among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, 44 percent of poll participants said Pelosi was the best choice for Speaker, with 46 percent saying they would prefer a different Democrat.

The survey has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

Among all voters, 30 percent said Pelosi should be Speaker, and 59 percent said a different Democratic lawmaker would be a better choice.

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Democratic Reps. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonRepublicans attempt to amend retirement savings bill to include anti-BDS language CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Pelosi employs committee chairs to tamp down calls for Trump impeachment MORE (Mass.) and Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaWHIP LIST: Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump Border Dems introduce bill to process refugee claims in Central America How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others MORE (Texas) are among those who have said they plan to oppose Pelosi when the House votes for the Speakership on Jan. 3. Those lawmakers say they expect to rally enough opposition to Pelosi to prevent her from regaining the gavel.

Pelosi, however, remains confident that she'll be elected to the top post in the chamber.

"I’m just going to say that I will be Speaker,” Pelosi said Wednesday morning.

The CNN poll also found that 44 percent of respondents approved of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE requesting Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds Five takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Amash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' MORE to step down last week as attorney general, while 49 percent disapproved.

SSRS re-interviewed 677 adults who participated in a nationally representative pre-election survey between Nov. 8 and Nov. 12.