Majority of registered voters say Pruitt 'conducted himself inappropriately' at EPA: poll

Majority of registered voters say Pruitt 'conducted himself inappropriately' at EPA: poll
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Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittGovernment watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response Wheeler won’t stop America’s addiction to fossil fuels Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas MORE conducted himself "inappropriately" during his 16 months at the agency, according to a majority of registered voters in a poll released Friday.

About 57 percent of those surveyed said that based on what they knew about the former administrator, they believed Pruitt was inappropriate in his use of taxpayer money and other controversies that plagued the EPA head during his tenure, according to the Morning Consult–Politico poll.

Only 9 percent said they believed his conduct was appropriate.


The poll additionally found that a majority of those interviewed agreed with Pruitt's decision to resign from the EPA last week, with 42 percent strongly supporting the move, 22 percent somewhat supporting it, and only 3 percent strongly opposing his resignation.

However, approval of Pruitt's job leading the EPA was a little more mixed.

A majority of those polled, 47 percent, said they didn't have an opinion or didn't know, with 5 percent strongly approving of his job and 23 percent strongly disapproving.

Pruitt was hailed by conservatives, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE, for his quick work rolling back a number of Obama-era regulations that some believed were too stringent and restrictive of the fossil fuel industry.

Trump has consistently voiced his support of coal communities, which were largely targeted in the EPA standards due to coal's heavy contribution to greenhouse gases.

Pruitt resigned from the agency July 6 following a cascade of scandals ranging from his use of taxpayer money to fly first class, off calendar meetings with industry representatives, and rental of a $50 a month condo from the wife of an energy lobbyist who lobbied the EPA.

The national tracking poll interviewed 1999 registered voters from July 6 to 10 with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.