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The least popular members of Congress? John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi

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House Speaker John Boehner is the most unpopular leader in Congress, followed close behind by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to a new poll of likely voters.

Boehner, an Ohio Republican, received an unfavorable rating of 60 percent, according to Rasmussen Reports, which conducted a telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters.

Pelosi, a California Democrat, trailed Boehner with an unfavorable rating of 56 percent. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., came in third with 54 percent.

Of the four top party leaders in both chambers, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fared the best, with an unfavorable rating of 49 percent.

It’s common for the House speaker to have the highest disapproval rating among legislative leaders. Rasmussen notes that Pelosi, who served as speaker from 2007 to 2011, “held the title for years.”

The poll found that Boehner has a low approval rating as well, with just 28 percent of likely voters declaring they hold a “favorable” view of the speaker. Pelosi fared better, with a 35 percent approval rating.

McConnell and Reid, however, garnered the lowest approval ratings, with only 25 percent and 26 percent of voters, respectively, declaring a favorable impression of the two leaders.

The two have been locked in a high-profile battle over legislation in the Senate, with McConnell refusing support seemingly bipartisan measures because Reid won't allow the GOP to amend them. The stalemate has led to gridlock on many important legislative items, including small business tax cuts.

Overall, Congress suffers from abysmal ratings in the polls. An Aug. 18 Economist/YouGov poll of registered voters found just 10 percent approved and 72 percent disapproved “of the way the U.S. Congress is handling its job.”

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Susan Ferrechio

Chief Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner

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