Attorney General Eric Holder’s favorable rating now stands at 32 percent, down three percentage points since last August, according to a survey by Rasmussen Reports released earlier this week. According to the survey, 12 percent of those surveyed had a very favorable opinion of the Attorney General, while 42 percent have an unfavorable opinion, including 26 percent with a very unfavorable opinion.
The Rasmussen poll sets Holder’s approval rating lower than a Clarus poll in December, which pegged Holder’s favorable rating at 41 percent. Democrats have previously complained that Rasmussen polls are slanted towards Republicans.
In comparison, in December 2004, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft had a favorable rating of 50 percent. The telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on June 21-22 and Rasmussen said the margin of error was three percent.
Attorneys General are rarely politically popular figures given that they make decisions on divisive legal issues. The Rasmussen poll did not provide an explanation of why those surveyed expressed a positive or negative view of Holder.
The poll suggested one factor that might be affecting Mr. Holder’s standing was immigration and expectation that the Justice Department may file a lawsuit to block the new immigration law adopted in Arizona. Overall, 56 percent of all voters nationwide oppose a Justice Department challenge of the Arizona immigration law. Twenty-six percent think the challenge is a good idea, according to the report.