Poll: Nearly half of Americans aren’t familiar with Pruitt controversies

Poll: Nearly half of Americans aren’t familiar with Pruitt controversies
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Nearly half of all Americans aren’t familiar with the spending and ethics scandals surrounding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA looks to other statutes to expand scope of coming 'secret science' rule EPA ordered to reconsider New York efforts to tame downwind pollution OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic MORE.

In a poll commissioned by Axios and conducted by HarrisX, 48 percent of respondents said they weren’t familiar with the scandals. Only 16 percent said they were “very” familiar, and 36 percent were “somewhat” familiar.

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But four in five respondents said that if the EPA’s inspector general finds Pruitt “misused his position,” he should be fired, even if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE approves of him.

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The survey results suggest that, so far, Pruitt may be safe in the minds of many Americans simply because they aren't aware of the charges leveled against him, despite efforts by Democrats and environmentalists to highlight the controversies nationwide.

But if Pruitt is found to have done something wrong, the public would be strongly in favor of kicking him out of office.

A poll commissioned by a left-wing group last month found that only 29 percent of Americans approve of Pruitt’s job performance.

The HarrisX poll surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults online over May 4-5.