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47% Have Unfavorable View of Napolitano

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thanks to TSA airport pat-downs and the continuing debate over illegal immigration, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano remains one of the better-known - and most unpopular - members of President Obama's Cabinet.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 25% of Likely Voters have at least a somewhat favorable impression of Napolitano, down from 32% in June of last year. Forty-seven percent (47%) have an unfavorable opinion of the former Arizona governor, while 29% are not sure what they think of her. The new findings include seven percent (7%) with a Very Favorable view of Napolitano and 29% with a Very Unfavorable one.

In early December 2008, just after Obama appointed Napolitano to her current position, 30% of voters had a favorable opinion of her, while 25% did not.  But 43% didn’t know her well enough to voice an opinion.

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 The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 4-5, 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.


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