Why anti-Pelosi attacks could be losing their edge

All those attack ads linking Georgia Democrats to Nancy Pelosi may not pack the same kind of punch they once did -- at least according to a CNN poll.

The poll of 921 registered voters found that while the House minority leader remains singularly unpopular among Republicans, she has a marginal impact on how people will vote in November.

It found that only a third of registered voters see Pelosi as an extremely important or very important factor in their election decision. That ranked her influence at the bottom of a list of 10 factors polled in the race, including gun policy, tax stances and Donald Trump.

Republicans have used the House minority leader as a favorite punching bag for a decade.

This year, she’s starring in attack ads in districts across the nation that are key to Democratic hopes of flipping the U.S. House. In Georgia, the Republican Governors Association’s first televised attack on Stacey Abrams featured – you guessed it – the California lawmaker. 

And in last year’s epic 6th District race, national GOP groups spent millions of dollars on a barrage of ads tying Pelosi to Jon Ossoff during last year’s 6th District race. Republican Karen Handel mentioned Pelosi more than 10 times during a televised debate.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll from last year reinforced why that tactic was embraced in the first place: Nearly 60 percent of likely voters in that contest held an unfavorable view of Pelosi, who as speaker from 2007 to 2011 was a key ally to President Barack Obama. 

Read more about the CNN poll here. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.