A shocking new survey has found that the vast majority of Democrat staffers on Capitol Hill appear to have soured on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer of New York.
The survey found that just 20 percent of staffers polled believe that the two leaders should remain in their positions after the 2022 midterms, which are expected to go badly for their party.
The Punchbowl News poll found that a whopping 62 percent of Democratic staffers said Democratic leadership should change no matter the outcome of the midterms.
The survey found:
Another 17 percent said Democratic leadership should only be switched if Democrats do poorly in the midterms.
And finally, 20 percent said Pelosi and Schumer should stay.
That compares to 28 percent of Republican aides who said the party’s leaders – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – should be replaced regardless of the GOP’s performance in the midterms.
Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November, Conservative Brief reported.
Democrats appear to understand the political headwinds they are facing this year amid sagging approval ratings for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as inflation continues to skyrocket and wage gains that were seen under former President Donald Trump disappear.
A surge in Democratic retirements does not portend well for the party, as 23 members have now announced they won’t run again next year.
“An end-of-the-year surge of retirements of Democratic members leaves little doubt that the party does not have much faith in keeping control of the lower chamber and President Biden’s agenda,” Conservative Brief reported late last month.
Fox News added:
A trio of Democrats in the House of Representatives – Reps. Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, and Albio Sires of New Jersey – last week said that they’ll retire at the end of next year rather than run in the 2022 midterm elections for another term in Congress.
The latest news brought to 23 the number of House Democrats who are retiring or bidding for another office rather than run for reelection in 2022, when their party tries to defend its razor-thin majority in the House amid historically unfavorable headwinds and a rough political climate. The GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the 435-member chamber next year to regain the House majority it lost to the Democrats in the 2018 midterms.