Only 20% of Democratic Hill staffers believe Pelosi, Schumer should stay after the midterms

Only 20% of Democratic Hill staffers think Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should remain party leaders after midterm elections, new poll shows

  • Only 20 percent of Democratic Hill staff think House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer should stay on after the 2022 races
  • Punchbowl News Anonymously Investigates Senior Staffers on Capitol Hill Finds Democrats More Ready Than the GOP to Fire Their Leaders
  • A poll on Monday found that 62 percent of Democratic staffers said democratic leadership should change regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections.


Only 20 percent of Capitol Hill Democratic staffers believe that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer should continue to serve as leaders after next year’s midterm races.

Punchbowl News conducted an anonymous survey of senior staffers on Capitol Hill and found that Democrats were more willing than Republicans to fire their leadership teams, but aides from both parties were open to change.

A poll on Monday found that 62 percent of Democratic staffers said democratic leadership should change regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Only 20 percent of Democratic Hill staffers polled by Punchbowl News said they wanted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (right) to keep their positions after the 2022 midterms.

Just 20 percent of Democratic Hill officials polled by Punchbowl News said in a poll Monday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer should remain in their leadership roles beyond next year's midterms.

Just 20 percent of Democratic Hill officials polled by Punchbowl News said in a poll Monday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer should remain in their leadership roles beyond next year’s midterms.

Another 17 percent said Democratic leaders should only be changed if Democrats do poorly in the midterm elections.

And finally, 20 percent said Pelosi and Schumer should stay.

That compares to 28 percent of Republican aides who said party leaders — House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell — should be replaced regardless of the GOP’s performance in the midterm elections. .

Twenty-six percent of GOP staffers said McCarthy and McConnell should be replaced if Republicans underperform.

While 46 percent of employees surveyed said McCarthy and McConnell should stay.

Pelosi, 81, has not announced whether she will run for another term.

When Pelosi took over the gavel for the second time in early 2019, there was pressure to save the jobs of Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, 82, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, 81, but the proposal failed.

Pelosi still said she would abide by those terms and has said she sees her second time as a speaker as a “bridge to the next generation of leaders.”

Schumer did not rise to the majority leadership position until January, but he has served as the top Senate Democrat since 2016.

McConnell won reelection in the 2020 election, so he probably wouldn’t retire until his term is up.

McCarthy withdrew from the speaker’s race in 2015 when a right-wing group of lawmakers appeared poised to win the vote.

McCarthy was criticized for suggesting that the House investigation into the Benghazi attack was designed to politically damage Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Instead, Republicans elected Rep. Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House, but he withdrew from Congress in 2019, leaving McCarthy ready for first place again if Republicans take over the House in November.

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