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.
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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.
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