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 PruittOvernight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Trump administration to repeal waterway protections The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks 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 TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat 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.