Survey of 800 Likely Voters
April 25-26, 2007
Do you think Alberto Gonzales should resign as Attorney General?
Yes 43%
No 32%
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Poll: 43% Believe Gonzales Should Resign
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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

The good news for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is that the bad news hasn’t gotten any worse.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of American voters believe Gonzales should resign. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree and say he should not resign while 25% are not sure. Those numbers have changed little over the past six weeks. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats believe he should resign along with 21% of Republicans and 45% of those not affiliated with either major party.

In March, among all voters, 39% said Gonzales should resign while 31% disagreed.

Public opinion of the Attorney General has stabilized at a dangerously low level. Twenty-seven percent (27%) now have a favorable opinion of Gonzales. Twice as many, 54%, have an unfavorable opinion. Those figures are essentially unchanged over the past six weeks.


The number with a Very Unfavorable opinion of Gonzales is up two points since March to 30%. Just 7% have a Very Favorable opinion, down from 8% in the previous survey.

While 42% believe the Attorney General should resign, 46% believe it is at least somewhat likely that he will resign. Just one-out-of-six Americans (16%) believe it is Very Likely.

Sixty percent (60%) say they are at least Somewhat Concerned about the firing of the U.S. attorneys. That’s up from 55% in March and includes 29% who are Very Concerned.

Interest in the story has increased. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Americans say they are following the stories surrounding Gonzales Somewhat or Very Closely.

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