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22% View Geithner Favorably

Following news reports that he may be leaving his post this fall, favorable ratings for U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner tie their lowest level to date.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters share a favorable opinion of Geithner, including four percent (4%) who view him Very Favorably. Forty-one percent (41%) view the former New York Federal Reserve president unfavorably, with 22% who hold a Very Unfavorable view of him. Thirty-seven percent (37%) still don’t know enough about Geithner to offer even a soft opinion of him. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Favorable reviews for Geithner are down slightly from 25% in March and tie the lowest level ever, last measured in January. Geithner’s favorables have stayed in the low 20s since being sworn into the post early in 2009.

Even the Political Class frowns on the Treasury secretary these days. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Political Class voters had a favorable opinion of Geithner in March 2009.  Now just 27% feel that way.

The economy remains the number one issue for voters. But a number of recent indicators in the areas of housing, consumer confidence and retirement security are lower than they have been in months.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 2, 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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