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Voters Give AG Garland Negative Favorability Rating; More Say He’s Doing a Worse, Not Better, Job Than His Predecessors

By Craig Bannister | August 16, 2022 | 4:00pm EDT
Attorney General Merrick Garland
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Attorney General Merrick Garland has a negative favorability rating among voters, and more think he’s doing a worse, not better, job than most who’ve held his job in the past, a new Rasmussen survey reveals.

Just 36% of likely voters nationwide say they have a favorable impression of Garland, compared to 42% who view him unfavorably, including 32% with a “very unfavorable” opinion of him. Another 21% say they’re “not sure.”

While 60% of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Garland, and 59% of Democrats have a favorable one, Independent voters skew more sour on the attorney general than the nation, as a whole.

About half (48%) of Independents view Garland unfavorably (including 37% very unfavorably), compared to only 26% who have a favorable opinion.

When asked if Garland is “doing a better job or worse job than most previous attorney generals,” more of the nation’s likely voters say he’s doing worse (38%), rather than better (26%). Another 24% say he’s doing “about the same,” while 12% aren’t sure what to think.

And, again, while Republican voters are critical of Garland and Democrats are positive, Independents are more negative than all voters, taken together. Among Republicans, 56% say the current attorney general is doing a worse job than most who’ve held his position, while 44% of Democrats feel he’s doing better.

But, more than twice as many Independents say Garland is doing a worse job (39%), compared to his predecessors, than think he’s an improvement (18%). Twenty-seven percent (27%) don’t see a difference and 16% aren’t sure.

The national poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted August 11 and August 14, following the August 8 raid on the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Donald Trump, which Attorney General Garland has said he personally authorized,

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