And 40% disapprove.

That leaves 18% who have no opinion. So, theoretically, if he split the undecideds he’d have 51% approval. Not bad for all the shots he’s been taking.

And, as expected, the Independent voter provides the balance between Dems and Repubs…

Here’s the thing…it seems like we saw numerous government officials get rock bottom approval ratings over the past 8 years who clearly failed in their duties and they didn’t have nearly as much pressure on them to resign this early into their tenure. And all the while they displayed the type of devil-may-care attitude that should have gotten them fired a couple times over.

And yes, Geithner may have had an early slip up when he was roundly criticized for not providing enough detail in the first go around (enough though he said it was a blueprint), but his plans have remained roughly the same and last week the markets applauded.

So please, let’s lay off the “Should Geithner resign?” questions. Or, better yet, talk to me in a year and see where we’re at. Because that should be enough time to gauge whether or not his plans have been effective.

  • kranky kritter

    This is as good a place as any to wish that approval polls were accompanied by knowledge quizzes. Do we know anything AT ALL about whether any of these folks who do or don’t approve of Geitner have an understanding of finance, of the real estate bubble collapse, and so on?

    Not commenting specifically on Geitener, because I really don’t understand the mechanics or pros and cons of what he has been doing very well yet.

    But wouldn’t you love to see a poll that said something like, “among folks who understand what things like amortization are and how exponential growth works, Geitner has approval rate X. And among folks who couldn’t tell you the difference between a subprime loan and a submarine sandwich, he has approval rate y.

  • Trescml

    This data is a reasonable gage on how people feel about the state of the meltdown once you take out the general good feeling about Obama. For comparison Secretary Clinton’s approval rating is 70%. I would keep an eye on the Independent voters. Being evenly split is not a good sign since the percentage is likely to drop 10% by September if the economy doesn’t look like it is going to turn around (or more if there are more AIG momments).

    The good news for Obama is that there is a difference between not approving of someone and screaming for their resignation, so for now there is some breathing room.

  • kranky kritter

    Hard to imagine how anyone who took the job of Treasury Sec under current circumstances could fail to become something of a lightning rod.

    Might as well start calling Geitner “shelf life” right now. Reminds me of the Traffic/Kruschev story to “sit down and write two letters.”