Voters won’t miss Anthony Scaramucci, who was ousted Monday from his position as President Donald Trump’s communications director.
In his brief tenure he made a mostly negative impression, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted last Thursday through Saturday.
Among the nearly three-fourths of voters who were at least somewhat familiar with the controversies Scaramucci’s comments last week about other White House staffers, 52 percent said his statements were inappropriate, compared to only 18 percent who said they were appropriate. Thirty percent weren’t sure.
Thirty-nine percent said Scaramucci should be fired from his position, while 26 percent said he should stay on. More than a third of voters who had heard about the comments, 36 percent, expressed no opinion.
Republican voters familiar with the story were slightly more tolerant of Scaramucci’s comments: 27 percent said they were appropriate, and 37 percent said they were inappropriate. But majorities of Democrats and independents said they were inappropriate.
Scaramucci was removed from his post on Monday afternoon after fewer than two weeks on the job, on the heels of an expletive-laced interview with the New Yorker, a less explicit CNN interview and tweets that linked now-former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to anonymously sourced news stories. The CNN and New Yorker interviews were both released on Thursday.
The poll surveyed 1,972 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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