New Polls Are Bad News For Embattled USDOT Secretary as White House Deflects Criticism
Washington D.C. – New polling is really bad news for embattled United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Recent polls conducted by Rasmussen Reports reveal most Americans are not pleased with the job the former mayor of South Bend, IN is doing as transportation secretary.
In August, Secretary Pete took an unannounced two-month paternity leave.
The absence of the USDOT leader amid a worsening supply chain crisis is not being viewed favorably among the American public.
According to a new Rasmussen poll, only “47% of voters approve of the Transportation Secretary taking a two-month paternity leave,” and just 37% said they have a favorable impression of Buttigieg.
A second Rasmussen poll was possibly even more devastating to the Secretary.
Respondents were asked, “Do you agree or disagree with this statement: ‘We’re in the middle of a transportation crisis, and Pete Buttigeg is sitting at home. Meanwhile, cargo boats are unable to dock and shelves are sitting empty. Pete needs to either get back to work or leave the Department of Transportation. It’s time to put American families first’?”
A strong majority — 65% of likely voters — expressed strong or somewhat agreement while only 29% strongly or somewhat disagreed.
65% of voters agree with @MarshaBlackburn that the Transportation Secretary needs to get back to work or leave.#breakingpoll#SupplyChainCrisis@PeteButtigieghttps://t.co/DtK6aMiG7d pic.twitter.com/rBqT5xhhKY
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 19, 2021
Even 53% of Democratic voters said Buttigieg should get back on the job.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed Buttigieg was “at work” despite not being present at the Department in weeks.
“I was on a conference call with him this morning,” Psaki said.
However, when pressed further, Psaki attempted to deflect the criticism and reframe the issue.
“I think what you are getting at here is this question about whether men, parents, women should have paternity and maternity leave and the answer is ‘absolutely yes.’ In our view, that is the policy of this administration [and] that is what we are pressing to make law so it’s a reality for women, parents, fathers across the country and we’re not going to back away from that,” she rebutted.
Psaki stated President Biden is “quite confident” in the leadership being provided by a “range of officials” at the USDOT during Buttigieg’s leave.
However, Sec. Pete has re-emerged in recent days making numerous television appearances to also defend the Biden Administration’s handling of the supply chain chaos.
On Wednesday, the Secretary chatted it up with the ladies of ABC’s daytime show “The View.”
WATCH the full interview below.