Vice President Mike Pence is the only national political leader with a positive approval rating, besting his boss by a mile and even more over congressional officials, according to a new poll

The latest Economist/YouGov poll showed that voters are generally split on Pence, 45 percent favorable and 44 percent unfavorable.

But that is a lot better than for President Trump, whose rating is underwater, 44 percent favorable versus 52 percent unfavorable.

Pence, the former Indiana governor, has recently been the subject of media reports that allies are laying the groundwork for him to step in for Trump should he be forced out due to any Russia scandal.

Pence has dismissed those reports.

Pence also has better favorable ratings among voters than House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The findings:

  • Donald Trump: 44 percent favorable//52 percent unfavorable
  • Mike Pence: 45%/44%
  • Paul Ryan: 33%/54%
  • Mitch McConnell: 24%/54%
  • Nancy Pelosi: 30%/56%
  • Chuck Schumer: 29%/46%

Polling analyst Ron Faucheux said in his daily "Lunchtime Politics" blog, "Of Washington's top six elected officials, only one (Pence) has a net favorable rating, albeit by a single point. Everybody else is under water."

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