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Poll: Public Still Has Confidence In Geithner


Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has come under fire recently for his handling of the AIG bonus scandal, and some have called for him to resign. But according to the latest CBS News poll, released tonight, that sentiment is not shared by a majority of the public.

According to the poll, 54 percent of Americans have at least some confidence in Geithner, though only 13 percent say that have a lot of support him.

On the flip side, 15 percent say they have no confidence in Geithner.

As can be expected, views on this are decidedly partisan: Republicans express less confidence than Democrats.

It should be noted that Geithner still has the support of the most important person to his future – his boss. On 60 Minutes last night, President Obama said that even if Geithner would try to resign, he wouldn't accept it.

"If he were to come to me, I'd say, 'Sorry, Buddy. You've still got the job.' But look, he's got a lot of stuff on his plate. And he is doing a terrific job. And I take responsibility for not, I think, having given him as much help as he needs," Mr. Obama said.

Read the complete poll on American's views of the AIG bonuses and Mr. Obama's handling of the scandal.

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This poll was conducted among a random sample of 949 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone March 20-22, 2009. Phone numbers were dialed from RDD samples of both standard land-lines and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher.

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.