House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi remain the best-known and least-liked leaders in Congress.
A recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 800 likely U.S. voters finds that 58 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Boehner, including 31 percent with a very unfavorable one. This is up slightly from November. Twenty-nine percent have a favorable opinion of the Ohio Republican, with 6 percent who view him very favorably.
Just as many (57 percent) hold a negative opinion of Pelosi, who was House speaker from 2007 to 2011, while 33 percent view her favorably. This includes 41 percent who view the San Francisco Democrat very unfavorably and 12 percent who have a very favorable opinion of her.
Ten percent claim not to know enough about Pelosi to venture any kind of opinion of her, and 13 percent say the same of Boehner. But both top House leaders continue to be better known that their counterparts in the Senate.
In June, Boehner surpassed Pelosi in unfavorables for the first time in regular surveys since February 2009, but Pelosi reclaimed the top spot in November. Her favorables peaked at 43 percent in April 2011, her unfavorables at 66 percent in January 2012. Boehner’s unfavorables have been climbing from the 30s since he assumed the speakership in January 2011, hitting a high of 60 percent in August.