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This Poll Explains Why It’s Smart to Tie Democrats to Pelosi

Surprising no one, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Nancy Pelosi is deeply unpopular across the country.

By NTK Staff | 06.07.2018 @10:00am
This Poll Explains Why It’s Smart to Tie Democrats to Pelosi

Nearly half of voters, according to a new poll, say they are less likely to support a candidate if he or she backs House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The poll, conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, found 45 percent of registered voters said backing Pelosi is a negative for them.

Forty-five percent of registered voters say they are less likely to support a candidate who backs the California Democrat for House speaker should her party win a House majority in November, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday. Only 21 percent say they are more likely to vote for someone who supports Pelosi’s speakership, while 32 percent say it will make no difference.

Republicans have repeatedly tied Democratic candidates to Pelosi in an effort to tank their favorability numbers. The strategy has been largely effective. The Congressional Leadership Fund went all out in tying Georgia’s Jon Ossoff to Pelosi in last year’s special election.

The effectiveness of the strategy has led numerous candidates to ward off Pelosi entirely, either refusing to say whether they would back the 78-year-old for leader or saying outright that they would support someone else.

Still, that hasn’t stopped those in media from criticizing the strategy. In April, the New Republic called it a “desperate obsession with Nancy Pelosi.” The Washington Post wrote the headline, “Hey, Republicans: Pelosi attack ads may not be enough to keep the House.”

Republicans will certainly need more than attacks on Pelosi, but given the results of Thursday’s poll, it seems every smart campaign will incorporate attacks on the Democratic leader to some degree.

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