DeVos has lowest approval rating of top Trump appointees, poll shows

Polling director attributes results to slim confirmation margin and negative publicity

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has the lowest approval rating of six Trump appointed officials, according to a poll conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

For the poll, researchers surveyed 1,073 adults online between March 3 and March 11. The poll had a margin of error of 3%. It asked for individual perceptions of six highly visible Trump appointees, including: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. 

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Among the findings:

  • 41% reported "strong disapproval" of  DeVos;
  • 11.3% reported they "somewhat disapproved" of DeVos; and
  • 34.5% was her combined approval rating, putting her at the lowest of the six.

Frank Orlando, director at the Saint Leo University polling institute, attributed DeVos' low approval rating to her rough start. He points out that she was confirmed by only one vote and has been met with stark opposition from teacher unions. However, DeVos has said she believes the controversy surrounding her confirmation spawned from her desire to disrupt the status quo (Riddell, Education Drive, 3/30; Ujifusa, Education Week, 3/29).

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