HuffPost poll: Eric Cantor not only Republican struggling with voters

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Days after the stunning loss of Rep. Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds other GOP congressional leaders are also struggling with base support.

Only one third of Republicans hold favorable views of Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults ranked five congressional leaders: Republicans Boehner, McConnell and Cantor as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Americans rated Pelosi highest in favorability, although by only 27 percent of respondents.

Cantor received the lowest favorable rating, with just 16 percent viewing him positively. In the middle were Boehner, McConnell and Reid, with 20 percent, 19 percent and 24 percent respectively.

Republicans even rank their own GOP leaders somewhere between mediocre and poor. Thirty-three percent of Republicans gave Boehner a positive review, and 41 percent view him unfavorably.

McConnell was ranked higher favorably than unfavorably, by 36-32 percent margin.

Cantor is very unpopular among Republicans, who gave him only 28 percent favorable rating, while 39 percent said he was unfavorable – possibly due to Tuesday’s primary loss.

Possibly troubling for the GOP leadership in Congress is that 45 percent of Republican respondents believe they are not conservative enough.

Democrats have a more positive view on their Congressional leaders. Nearly half of Democrats view Reid favorably, versus 21 percent who said they see him unfavorably; 58 percent are favorable to Pelosi, with 19 percent giving her a negative rating. Only 24 percent of Democrats said Congressional Democratic leaders are not radical enough.

In all, 40 percent of those polled said Republicans in Congress are too conservative, 23 percent think the leadership is not conservative enough; only 18 percent feel it is just about right.

With Democrats, 41 percent of total respondents believe Democratic leaders are too liberal, 13 percent said they are not liberal enough; 27 percent felt the leadership is about right.

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