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Poll Shows that California Democrats Want Pelosi’s Leadership to End

A new poll shows that California Democrats believe House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should be replaced as the leader of the party in that chamber.

A poll conducted by UC-Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies offered two scenarios: one with Democrats controlling the House in 2018 and the other with them not. In both cases, ousting Pelosi was the top choice favored by the poll’s respondents.

The poll, taken through Sept. 5 and before Pelosi’s claim that President Trump agreed to a deal on immigration and border issues, found that 44 percent of the respondents wanted Pelosi to be replaced if Democrats control the House, while 30 percent said she should be speaker once again. Twenty-six percent had no opinion.

Pelosi fared worse under the scenario of continued GOP control of the House. If that happens, 50 percent said it is time for Pelosi to be replaced, with 31 percent saying she should continue in her current role and 19 percent having no opinion.

“What California Democrats see is that Pelosi’s image in other parts of the country is not positive and it becomes a drag in their quest to retake the House,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll.

“Their main frustration is with what’s going on in Washington,” DiCamillo said. “They don’t like the situation and they want to change it. Anything they can do to bring that about is helpful.”

Pelosi is facing intense Democratic infighting about her leadership.

“We need leadership change,” Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said in June when attacks on Pelosi were a factor in Democrats losing a Georgia special election. “It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”

“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” said Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who challenged Pelosi for her minority leadership post, said that with the current leadership the Democratic brand “is toxic and damaged.”

The poll also comes as California is moving to embrace more liberal representatives.

The poll found that voters between 18 and 29 and those who are liberal have a more favorable opinion of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., than of four-term Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

“That is where the future of the Democratic Party is heading,” said DiCamillo.