‘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.


“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 SessionsAlabama Senate contender hits Sessions in new ad: 'Hillary still ain't in jail' Barr back on the hot seat McCabe: 'I don't think I will ever be free of this president and his maniacal rage' 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 ClintonThe Democratic demolition derby Juan Williams: Don't count Biden out Candidates in Obama's orbit fail to capitalize on personal ties MORE crimes.”

John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, President Trump’s chief of staff, ties senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' Timeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Top Democrat demands Barr recuse himself from case against Turkish bank 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 MnuchinGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law 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.