Few Believe Fed Chairman Is Independent of Obama
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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