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Poll: DeVos, Sessions are least favorable cabinet members – AOL
A new poll of nearly 2,000 registered voters has found that education secretary Betsy DeVos and attorney general Jeff Sessions are two of President Trump’s least-liked cabinet members.
In the Morning Consult/Politico survey, which was conducted over the past week, respondents were asked about their views on specific administration officials.
DeVos had the highest unfavorability rating among them at 40 percent compared with just 28 percent who viewed her as favorable.
While the poll doesn’t list reasons for these numbers, she has faced numerous controversies as education secretary including erroneously referring to historically black colleges and universities as “real pioneers when it comes to school choice” and for her approach to addressing sexual assault on college campuses.
RELATED: Net worths of Trump’s Cabinet members
Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior: $800,000
Before serving in Congress, Zinke, who has an MBA, started Continental Divide International in 2005, a property management and business development consulting company. He later formed a consulting company, On Point Montana, in 2009.
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Mike Pence, Vice President: $800,000
Pence became an attorney in a private practice after graduating from law school before serving in Congress and then becoming the Governor of Indiana.
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Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy: $2 million
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry banks at least $100,000 from speeches and $250,000 from consulting Caterpillar. Additionally, the politician has about 20% of his portfolio invested in in oil-and gas partnerships and energy stocks, according to Forbes.
John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security: $4 million
Kelly, who spent over four decades in the military, amassed the majority of his wealth from government pension.
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James Mattis, Secretary of Defense: $5 million
Like Kelly, the four-star general made most of his money from government pension. He also sits as a director of General Dynamics.
Jeff Sessions: $6 million (Attorney General)
Sessions owns more than 1,500 acres in Alabma that are worth at least $2.5 million. The rest of his fortune is in Vanguard mutual funds and municipal bonds, according to Forbes.
Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services: $10 million
Price ran an orthopedic clinic in Atlanta for 20 years, then taught orthopedic surgery as an assistant porfessor at his alma mater, Emory.
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation: $24 million
The daughter of a shipping magnate owes the buld of her and her husband Mitch McConnell’s wealth to her family.
Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: $29 million
The neurosurgeon earned millions from books he penned, media roles and speaking gigs. He also served as a director at Kellogg and Costco, accumulating more than $6 million in stocks.
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Andy Puzder, Secretary of Labor: $45 million
The CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has earned at least $25 million in salary and bonuses since 2000.
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Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury: $300 million
The former Goldman Sachs partner purchased subprime mortgage lender IndyMac for $1.6 billion in 2009 with a group of billionaire investors and sold it for $3.4 billion six years later.
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Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State: $325 million
The former ExxonMobil chairman and CEO accumulated more than 2.6 million shares of company stock in his tenure and hefty pay packages, according to Forbes.
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Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education: $1.25 billion
The daughter of a shipping magnate owes the bulk of her and her husband Mitch McConnell’s wealth to her family.
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Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce: $2.5 billion
Known as the “King of Bankruptcy,” the former banker bought bankrupt companies and later selling them for a large profit.
Her nomination to the post was also strongly opposed, in part, due to her lack of experience with the public school system, notes NPR.
Survey participants also had a mostly negative view of Sessions; 38 percent expressed an unfavorable impression compared to 34 percent who considered him to be favorable.
Newsweek attributes some of his low popularity to his announcement calling for the Obama-era immigration program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to be canceled.
Despite DeVos’ and Sessions’ low rankings, Axios points out, “Not a single cabinet member received more than 50% favorability.”
That said, the most popular officials of the group turned out to be defense secretary James Mattis, chief of staff John Kelly, and housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson.