Sessions, Priebus and Bannon Unknown to Most Voters

In a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll, most voters said they have not heard of or have no opinion of Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator who President-elect Donald Trump selected Friday to serve as his attorney general.

Sessions is unknown to 39 percent of registered voters, and another 23 percent said they know of him but have no opinion. Only 18 percent of respondents said they view Sessions favorably, while 20 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of him.

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The poll also shows that most voters (52 percent) have not heard of Trump’s choice for chief of staff, Reince Priebus, or his pick for chief strategist, Steve Bannon.


Voters were less favorable of Bannon’s appointment.

Nineteen percent of voters said the selection of Bannon, the chairman of the website Breitbart, is a strong choice, while 34 percent said it is a weak pick. Bannon’s selection has been highly controversial, with Democrats and some Republicans raising concerns about his nationalist views.

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Thirty percent of respondents said Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, is a strong choice for chief of staff, while 27 percent said he is a weak choice.

Voters were also asked about Rudy Giuliani, who is reportedly in the running for secretary of state. The former New York Mayor, who was in office during the 9/11 attacks, is unknown to only 9 percent of voters. Forty percent of voters said he would be a strong choice for secretary of state, while 36 percent said he would be a weak choice.


See the full results from the latest Morning Consult/POLITICO poll here.

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