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AG Holder’s approval ratings nosedive over AP scandal

Eric HolderAttorney General Eric Holder isn’t winning any popularity contests with the American public right now.

According to a recent study by Rasmussen reports, only 25 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the nation’s top lawyer, while almost double that – 47 percent – have an unfavorable opinion of him. Moreover, 42 percent of American voters think Holder should step down from his post as attorney general while 22 percent believe he should be allowed to stay on. 

None of these findings are surprising given that Holder has been under fire the past few weeks after it was discovered that the Justice Department illegally obtained the records of phone calls involving Associated Press reporters and editors. According to the study, 58 percent of voters disapprove of the Justice Department seizing the reporters’ phone records and 52 percent believe it is a serious scandal.

The House Judiciary Committee is also investigating whether Holder lied under oath when he was interrogated about the AP probe during a Congressional hearing earlier this month. He still insists that he was unaware that the DOJ was even investigating AP and has promised the Justice Department will change its guidelines for future investigations of the media. However, reports show Holder actually signed off on a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen, whom the department was also investigating.

Unsurprisingly, Holder’s image hasn’t changed much in the past year. A study Rasmussen Reports conducted last June reported that 40 percent of voters believed Holder should resign while only 27 percent thought he should stay on.

The attorney general was in the hot seat at that time over the Fast and Furious investigation, in which allowed guns to be sold to known Mexican cartels but then lost track of some of the guns. Congress actually held Holder in contempt over the gunwalking scandal after he refused to hand over documents to the House during its investigation. 

Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 likely adult voters nationwide from May 29-30. The poll has a margin of error of +/- three percent at a 95 percent level of confidence. 


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