Voters View Geithner, Holder Slightly More Favorably
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
All boats rise with the tide? Like President Obama’s job approval ratings in recent weeks, voter perceptions of two of his top Cabinet officers – Attorney General Eric Holder and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner – are up slightly since the end of last year.
Despite a House resolution calling for Holder’s resignation following the botched Fast and Furious investigation involving Mexican drug cartels, 26% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the attorney general, up from 19% in mid-December. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that a plurality (40%) still views Holder unfavorably, but that’s down three points from his all-time high of 43% in December. Thirty-nine percent (39%) have no opinion of him. The new findings include nine percent with a Very Favorable view of Holder and 24% with a Very Unfavorable one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 16-17, 2012 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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