Unlike Republicans, a new poll finds few Democrats support replacing Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer as the minority leaders in the House and Senate. More Democrats believe it would be bad for the country if either leader were replaced than the other way around, according to a new survey by Rasmussen Reports.
For House Minority Leader Pelosi, D-Calif., 21% of Democrats say it would be good for the country if she was removed, compared to 41% of all likely voters. A sizable 36% of Democrats say it would be bad for the country, while just 19% of all voters agree.
Thirteen percent (13%) were undecided.
For Senate Minority Leader Schumer, D-N.Y., 21% of Democrats also say it would be good for the country if he was removed, compared to 33% of all likely voters. A slightly larger 39% of Democrats say it would be bad for the country, while just 25% of all voters agree.
Fifteen percent (15%) were undecided.
The same is not true for Republican voters. Former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon announced this week that every single Republican incumbent in the Senate–with the exception of Ted Cruz–will be faced with a primary challenge.
The base largely supports that, which is driving far higher disapproval/unfavorable ratings for both Republican leaders in Congress.
A majority of all likely voters (54%) have an unfavorable opinion of Rep. Pelosi, while 43% view Sen. Schumer unfavorably. By comparison, 64% have a negative view of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kty., and 58% say the same about House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republicans and 44% of unaffiliated voters say it would be good for the country if Rep. Pelosi was replaced, while 48% of Republicans and 31% of unaffiliated voters feel the same about Sen. Schumer.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 8-9, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.