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Few Believe Fed Chairman Is Independent of Obama

Friday, October 07, 2016

Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen for keeping interest rates low to prop up a weak economy for political reasons, an accusation the Fed strongly denies. But few voters believe the Fed chairman is actually the independent agent she is supposed to be by law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 28% of Likely U.S. Voters think the Federal Reserve chairman is truly independent of the Obama administration. Forty-nine percent (49%) believe instead that she is influenced by President Obama in her decision-making. Twenty-three percent (23%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on October 2-3, 2016 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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