‘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 SessionsMueller report shows how Trump aides sought to protect him and themselves Trump: 'I could have fired everyone' on Mueller team if I wanted to Five takeaways from Mueller's report 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 ClintonClinton campaign chief: Mueller report 'lays out a devastating case' against Trump Hillicon Valley: Cyber, tech takeaways from Mueller report | Millions of Instagram passwords exposed internally by Facebook | DHS unrolling facial recognition tech in airports | Uber unveils new safety measures after student's killing Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered MORE crimes.”

John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, President Trump’s chief of staff, ties senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonJuan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?' Trump moves to install loyalists 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 MnuchinFormer Sears holding company sues ex-CEO, Mnuchin and others over 'asset stripping' On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost The Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today 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.