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Just One-In-Four View Geithner, Holder Favorably

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder remain two of the top players in the Obama administration, and most voters continue not to like them or not know who they are.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% of Likely Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Geithner, a finding that has remained consistent for the past two years.  Thirty-eight percent (38%) have an unfavorable impression of him.  That includes five percent (5%) who have a Very Favorable view of Geithner and 20% who view him Very Unfavorably.  But 37% don’t know enough about the longtime government official to offer an opinion of him. (To see survey questions wording, click here.)

Similarly, 24% of voters have a favorable impression of Holder, including eight percent (8%) with a Very Favorable one.  Thirty-eight percent (38%) share an unfavorable view of him, with 25% Very Unfavorable.  Another 38%, however, have no opinion of the first black attorney general.  

While showing little change from February, Holder’s favorable rating is down 11 points from August 2009. 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 23-24, 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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