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Voters Not Convinced Fed Chairman is Independent of President

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Few voters know much about President Trump’s new Federal Reserve Chairman appointee, Jerome Powell, but they don’t believe he is as free from Trump’s influence as he is supposed to be.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 37% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board is truly independent of the presidential administration, as he should be by law. Just as many (36%) believe he is influenced by the president in his decision-making, but 27% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on November 5-6, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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