Dems back Pelosi as Speaker by 2-to-1 margin in new poll

Democrats back Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing Democratic debate starts with immediate question on Trump impeachment White House, Pentagon, Giuliani reject House subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) for Speaker by a 2-1 ratio, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.

Of the Democratic voters polled, 48 percent said they think Pelosi, the current House Minority Leader, should stay the top Democrat in the House in the new Congress, while 22 say she should not be the new Speaker. These numbers contrast substantially from the general voting population, of which only 27 percent think she should be Speaker.


Despite Democrats currently having 233 seats in the new Congress, compared to the Republican's 200, with two elections yet to be called, Pelosi has not yet secured the 218 member votes needed for confirmation.

On Monday, a group of 16 Democrats, led by Reps. Seth MoultonSeth Moulton2020 Presidential Candidates Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year MORE (Mass.), Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown 2020 Presidential Candidates MORE (Ohio) and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceMarijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Democrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices MORE (N.Y.) submitted a letter to their colleagues urging new leadership in the party.

Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions House Democrats introduce new legislation to combat foreign election interference Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge MORE (D-Ohio), whom many in that group hoped would oppose Pelosi, endorsed Pelosi in a surprise move on Tuesday.

Pelosi's favorable rating among Democrats in the poll is 52 percent, while 22 percent of Democratic respondents said they view her unfavorably.

Pelosi previously served as Speaker from 2007-2011 and has been the top Democrat in the House since 2003.

“Nancy Pelosi continues to be a polarizing figure in politics, but Democrats still have confidence in her taking the gavel as House speaker in January,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,957 registered voters between Nov. 15-18. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 2 percentage points.