Zogby Poll: 57 Percent of Independent Voters Give Napolitano a ‘D’ or ‘F’ for Keeping America Safe

January 26, 2010 - 2:47 PM
More Americans felt safer under the Bush administration than under the Obama administration, pollster John Zogby found. 

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the federal government prepared for the outbreak over the summer by putting a federal response plan into place and giving guidance to schools and small businesses. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – A new Zogby Poll finds that nearly half (46 percent) of American voters surveyed – and 57 percent of Independents -- give Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a below average or failing grade for keeping America secure. Also, when it comes to air travel, more Americans said they felt safer under President Bush than under President Obama.
 
In the survey conducted Jan. 19 - 21, Zogby International asked 2,377 voters: “What grade would you give for the job Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is doing in keeping America safe?”
 
Overall, 28 percent gave Napolitano an “F.” Roughly 18 percent gave her a “D,” 15 percent gave her a “C” and nearly 25 percent gave her a “B.”
 
Only 8 percent of voters awarded Napolitano an “A.”
 
Among Independent voters, the former Arizona governor fared even worse: 57 percent gave her a “D” or “F.”
 
Only 4 percent of Independents gave Napolitano an “A,” while 35 percent gave her an “F.” Nearly 22 percent gave her a “D,” 13 percent gave her a “C” and 18 percent gave her a “B.”
 
Just 9 percent of military families gave Napolitano an “A” and 33 percent gave her an “F.” Roughly 18 percent gave her a “D,” 14 percent gave her a “C” and nearly 22 percent gave her a “B.”

Among voters with children in their household, only 9 percent gave Napolitano an “A” and 33 percent gave her an “F.” Nearly 23 percent gave her a “D,” 10 percent gave her a “C” and 20 percent gave her a “B.”

More Americans Felt Safer Under Bush
 
The poll also asked Americans whether, when it comes to air travel, they feel safer under President Obama, or under President Bush.
 
The poll found that substantially more American voters felt safer on airplanes under the Bush administration than they currently do under President Obama.
 
Only 22 percent of voters said they feel safer under President Obama and 36 percent said they felt safer under President Bush. Nearly 25 percent said they felt equally safe under both presidents, and 16 percent feel safe under neither.
 
Just 12 percent of Independents feel safer under Obama and a sizable 43 percent say they felt safer under Bush. Nearly 26 percent of Independents said they felt equally safe under Bush and Obama, and 18 percent felt safe under neither president.
 
Among military families, just 18 percent feel safer under President Obama, and 39 percent felt safer under President Bush. Roughly 28 percent of military families feel equally safe under Bush and Obama, and 16 percent feel safe under neither. 

(Click here to see the full poll results.)
 
The Zogby International poll, which was commissioned by The O’Leary Report newsletter, has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 2.0 percentage points.