Thursday, February 17, 2011
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is at the heart of the Obama administration's decisions about the economy, the issue voters consistently rate as most important, but more than one-third of voters now say they don't know enough about him to venture an opinion of the longtime government official.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 24% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable view of Geithner, consistent with surveys for the past two years. Forty percent (40%) have an unfavorable opinion of him. These findings include six percent (6%) who view Geithner Very Favorably and 23% who regard him Very Unfavorably. But 36% have no opinion of the powerful Cabinet secretary. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
As in previous surveys, however, the Political Class has a much more favorable opinion of Geither than Mainstream voters do. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Political Class voters view Geithner favorably, compared to just 16% of those in the Mainstream.
Voters have a less favorable opinion of Attorney General Eric Holder these days. Twenty-five percent (25%) regard him favorably, down 10 points from August 2009. Thirty-seven percent (37%) see Holder unfavorably, but just as many (37%) are undecided about him. These findings include nine percent (9%) who have a Very Favorable opinion of Holder and 24% who share a Very Unfavorable view of him.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 12-13, 2011 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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