42% View Retiring Defense Secretary Gates Favorably
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the only holdover from the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, is stepping down from his post this week with his favorables largely the same as they were when President Obama decided to keep him two-and-a-half years ago.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters share at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Gates, with 13% who view him Very Favorably. Twenty-five percent (25%) regard Gates unfavorably, but that includes just eight percent (8%) with a Very Unfavorable opinion.
One-in-three voters (34%) doesn't know enough about the man who also served as head of the Central Intelligence Agency and has been secretary of Defense since December 2006 to voice any kind of opinion of him. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters U.S. Voters was conducted on June 24-25, 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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