Thursday, March 08, 2012
Energy Secretary Steven Chu assured a congressional committee Thursday that the Obama administration wants to lower gas prices after comments he made last week suggested that the administration is more interested in reducing oil dependence than in lowering the price at the pump. Yet despite his central role in dealing with one of the country's current economic priorities, most voters still don't know enough about Chu to have any kind of opinion of him.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 14% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Chu, while 21% view him unfavorably. This includes four percent (4%) with a Very Favorable view of the Nobel Prize-winning Cabinet secretary and 12% with a Very Unfavorable one. However, even though Chu has been a member of President Obama's Cabinet for over three years now, 64% have no opinion of him. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on February 26-27, 2012 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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