A new poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows that every party and politician is being viewed negatively by Americans after the shutdown, but Nancy Pelosi remains the most underwater.
It is an interesting number to note amidst a sea of media coverage indicating President Trump lost the shutdown battle to the House Speaker.
According to the survey, just 28 percent of respondents viewed Pelosi positively after the shutdown, while 47 percent held a negative view – a 19 point negativity rating.
By comparison, Mitch McConnell was given an 18 point negativity rating wile President Trump sat at 12 points. Party-wise, the Republicans were 9 points underwater, while the Democrats were 5 points.
More NBC/WSJ poll: Pelosi’s negatives shot up during government shutdown more than any pol // now the most unpopular politician tested in the survey. pic.twitter.com/pSMBFydwx7
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) January 27, 2019
The only group that came out with a positive rating was the federal government workers themselves, who had a whopping 54 point positivity rating according to the poll.
Trump Also Gets Bad News
The poll is difficult to look at in a positive light for the President, despite Pelosi having a wider gap in voters feelings toward her.
Trump still leads the way with an overall 51 percent negative clip. His 39 percent total positive rating does, however, put him well ahead of Pelosi, McConnell, and both political parties.
Still, Americans have soured on the direction of the nation in the midst of the shutdown, something illustrated in the fact that every entity inquired about has low favorability numbers.
“After the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history, six-in-10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 70 percent of them have negative opinions on the state of the nation today,” Mark Murray of NBC News writes.
The shutdown, it seems clear, hurt the nation, at the very least in optimism for the direction we are heading. But that reflects on both sides of the aisle.
Will We Be Back Here Again?
Things may get worse before they get better.
If the nation has grown worried about the state of affairs in America after the shutdown, what’s going to happen just over two weeks from now when the CR runs out and we’re back to debating border security once more?
Trump recently told the Wall Street Journal that the chances of coming to an agreement by then were “less than 50-50.”
Last week, President Trump closed his announcement of the end of the shutdown by stating, “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down or on February 15, again, or I will use the powers afforded to me.”
It might just be the only solution to circumvent obstructionists in Congress.
Cross posted at The Mental Recession