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Poll Shows Support for Democrats' Goals

Democrats have pledged to reverse that outcome, setting up a possible veto showdown with the president.

Achieving the Democrats' goals could help Pelosi raise her public profile.

She is the first woman to lead a party caucus in either house of Congress _ she was elected leader of the House Democrats in 2002 _ and now will be the first female speaker, second in line to succeed the president.

Yet as much as the 10-term congresswoman has been in the news over the years and, more recently, since the Democratic election rout on Nov. 7, people say they just don't know her.

More than five in 10 adults, 55 percent, don't know enough yet about Pelosi to have an opinion of her. Those with opinions to share were split, with 22 percent viewing her favorably and 22 percent unfavorably.

The telephone survey of 1,004 adults was conducted Dec. 19-21 by Ipsos, an international public opinion research company. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.


AP Manager of News Surveys Trevor Tompson and AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.


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