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Pelosi hits highest favorability rating in CNN poll since 2007

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has seen her favorability surge to its highest levels in more than a decade, according to a new CNN poll.

The poll released Monday found Pelosi's favorability rating jumped 8 points since December as the 35-day partial government shutdown dragged on.

The poll shows that 42 percent of respondents found Pelosi to be favorable while 47 percent see her unfavorably, still giving the new Speaker and top foil to President Trump her highest rating on the question of her favorability in CNN polling since April 2007.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and surveyed 1,011 adults by phone or live interviewer.

Pelosi's uptick in favorability was carried by a 22-point increase among self-identified liberal Democrats, where she holds a 87 percent favorability rating.

Pelosi likely sees her rise in numbers, particularly among liberal Democrats, due to her refusal to allocate significant funding for Trump's proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The five-week government shutdown came to an end last month with a temporary funding measure that did not include money for a wall. 

The findings on Pelosi come among figures showing unprecedented unhappiness among voters with the state of the federal government.

More than 4 in 10 respondents said the federal government is currently doing the worst job of governing they have ever seen.

Trump's approval rating in the survey was 40 percent, on par with Pelosi. Fifty-five percent said they disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president.

The poll had a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points among the full sample.

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