‘Game of Thrones’ polling company takes on White House shakeups
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They correctly predicted which “Game of Thrones” character would meet their untimely demise this year, and now a pollster is taking on who’s next to go in the Trump White House.

As the seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” wrapped up last month, survey-based research firm Ipsos Public Affairs conducted a poll asking Americans which character would die next on the HBO show, known for killing off some of its most recognizable faces in the blink of an eye.

Spoiler alert: 21 percent of respondents correctly pegged Petyr Baelish as the unlucky fellow, more than any other character.

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“When the season ended, it was right about the time that [former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon] left the White House,” Ipsos Vice President Chris Jackson tells ITK. “Somebody in the office just had the idea that maybe we should adapt the ‘Game of Thrones’ thing to the White House, considering how much attrition Trump’s staff has had.

“Essentially we’re just going to sort of leave this question in the fields as a way to gauge what the public understands about the palace intrigue, what that means, and sort of who’s getting the heat from it all.”

As of the most recent Reuters/Ipsos weekly poll, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE leads the pack of the next White House or executive branch staff member to “resign or be terminated,” with 16 percent of the vote.

Trump told The New York Times in July that he regretted hiring Sessions, blasting his attorney general for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. Trump continued to publicly slam his attorney general for weeks, saying on Twitter he “has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE crimes.”

John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, President Trump’s chief of staff, ties senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Defense: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Mattis, Tillerson reportedly opposed move | Pentagon admits 2,000 US troops are in Syria | Trump calls on Saudis to 'immediately' lift Yemen blockade Trump has yet to name ambassadors to key nations in Mideast Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump of security concerns in Israel embassy move MORE and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the runner-up spot, with 9 percent of those polled saying one of them would be next to go.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMark Mellman: History’s judgment Trump's motorcade greeted with chants of 'lock him up' in NYC Treasury watchdog probes lack of tax plan analysis from Mnuchin MORE appears to have the most job security, according to those polled, with just 3 percent saying he’d get the boot next.

So should Sessions be getting ready to polish his resume?

“The White House is so dependent on the president. I’m not going to pretend to predict what the president’s going to do, I think that’s challenging,” says Jackson of the Reuters/Ipsos poll. “But I think what we are capturing here is a good sense of what’s happening in sort of the wider media landscape and who’s getting a lot of heat from a number of different sources.”

—Updated at 11:32 a.m.