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Politico: Palin 'most untrustworthy' figure in American politics
John Byrne
Published: Tuesday April 14, 2009


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A new Politico poll released Tuesday finds that President Barack Obama enjoys broad support -- some 66 percent trust Obama a "great deal" or "some" -- and is named the most popular figure in politics today.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, meanwhile, found themselves on the opposite side of the popularity fence.

Palin, who enjoyed broad support among the conservative base of the Republican Party during her run for the vice presidency last year, got the highest "untrustworthy" rating of all the major political figures surveyed at 33 percent. Voters were asked if they trusted the politician “to identify the right solutions to the problems we face as a nation.”

Ranking second-worst in the "untrustworthy" column was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who polled at 32 percent. Pelosi came in last when asked if respondents trusted her "a great deal" -- at just 26 percent.

The survey was conducted by Public Strategies/Politico and involved 1,000 registered voters.

"The Democratic Party was trusted to find the right solutions by a majority of voters, 52 percent to 40 percent," the poll said. "Forty percent of those surveyed said they trusted the Republican Party, compared with 54 percent who did not trust the GOP."

On the economy, "Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Obama’s point man on the economy, is found credible by 56 percent of the public, trailing Buffett, Bernanke, former President Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Romney, the Republicans’ top performer in the category, tied with Geithner."

Obama was found to the most credible voice on the economy, topping even billioniare investor Warren Buffet.


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