House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s standing with the American people has eroded significantly, although her disapproval figures still do not match the lows attained by Republican Newt Gingrich when he held the speaker's post.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that just 38 percent of Americans approve of Speaker Pelosi’s job performance, down 15 percentage points from when the pollsters last asked about her in April 2007. Meanwhile, 45 percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of Pelosi’s performance, up 10 percentage points.
Pelosi, the nation’s second most powerful Democrat, has approval ratings that stand in sharp contrast to President Obama’s numbers. The ABC News/Post poll found 65 percent approve of his job performance, while 31 percent disapproved.
Bruised by battle with the CIA?
Last month, Pelosi was embroiled in a controversy over what the Central Intelligence Agency told congressional leaders in 2002 about the Bush administration’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects. She said the CIA had intentionally misled her; the CIA said she had been informed of the harsh treatment of detainees. Republican politicians and pundits hammered her about the statement.