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

Democrats back Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war 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.

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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 MoultonHouse panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Democrats expect Russian bounties to be addressed in defense bill MORE (Mass.), Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats see victory in Trump culture war House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay The Hill's Coronavirus Report: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Artistic Director Tim Seelig says choirs are dangerous; Pence says, 'We have saved lives' MORE (Ohio) and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceNew York lawmaker spotted helping mother duck and ducklings cross busy street Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Hillicon Valley: Tech giants poised to weather coronavirus damage | Record Facebook-FTC deal approved | Bipartisan 5G bill introduced MORE (N.Y.) submitted a letter to their colleagues urging new leadership in the party.

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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.