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US: Obama's Inner Circle (Clarus 12/7-12)


Clarus Research Group
12/7-12/09; 800 registered voters self identified as "news watchers," 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Clarus release)

National

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Barack Obama: 51 / 45
VP Joe Biden: 50 / 41
Sec. Of State Hillary Clinton: 75 / 21
Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner: 44 / 45
Attorney General Eric Holder: 41 / 35
Defence Sec. Robert Gates: 69 / 20
HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: 41 /35
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: 40 / 40
Pres. Advisor David Axelrod: 38 / 36
Econ. Advisor Larry Summers: 25 / 41
Nat'l Security Advisor James Jones: 30 / 23
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: 50 / 33

 

Comments
Xenobion:

I don't think Hillary has ever been more popular than now.

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Farleftandproud:

That is surprisingly high approval for Tim Geithner, considering he seems to be the pariah from both the right and left. I feel sorry for the guy. Nobody would have been popular after taking over the treasury dept in a financial mess. It was to be expected.

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Farleftandproud:

I guess Larry Summers is that sterotypical elitist of the inner circle, from conservatives.

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Field Marshal:

Interesting that Gates is so high.

I think Summers is so low because some on the far-left still dont like him for his women and science comments while at Harvard.

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Farleftandproud:

I was surprised that many people would even know enough about Larry Summers to form an opinion. I follow politics like a hawk and I don't even know a lot about the guy.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"some on the far-left still dont like him for his women and science comments while at Harvard."

Ha, good point. I had forgotten about that. I've haven't heard much about him lately so I was surprised he's so unpopular.

This poll was of "self-identified news watchers" so that probably skews the poll slightly. I imagine such a sample includes highly educated people that trend left but probably leaves out other factions of the Dem base. Republicans, especially the talk-radio base, tend to have stronger news knowledge so they're likely to be over-represented here.

I'm surprised at the relatively high rating for Robert Gibbs too.

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sjt22:

I wonder if they asked these questions with the position included? I have to think that would have a strong influence on the outcome, especially for the lesser known officials. Relatively few people might know who some of these people are and even less probably have any basis for forming an opinion, but as soon as you attach the term "economic" or "national security" you tap into other attitudes.

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Cyril Washbrook:

Some of the numbers are a bit odd here, although I guess you'd expect a few weird numbers. Clinton's popular, no doubt about it, but 75-21? And if Geithner were concerned about his poll numbers (which he isn't), I'm sure he'd be delighted if his job approval numbers were breaking even given the (in my view undeserved) amount of criticism he's taken from both left and right.

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