Poll: 55% of GOP/Independent Voters Say Secretary Pete Has Failed to Address Supply Chain Crisis

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, on Nov. 8, 2021. Congress has created a new requirement for automakers: find a high-tech way to keep drunken people from driving cars. It's one of the mandates along with a burst of new spending …
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The majority of Republican and independent voters say Democrat Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has failed to fix the ongoing supply chain crisis that has left container ships stranded offshore and shelves empty at retailers across the country, according to poll released Monday.

The poll, commissioned by the Convention of States Action and conducted by the Trafalgar Group, found 55 percent of GOP and independent voters believe Buttigieg is doing a poor job as transportation secretary.

“Given that Secretary Buttigieg was very, very quietly on leave as this global crisis was brewing, we’re impressed that his numbers aren’t even worse,” Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, said of the poll. “We believe this is due to the fact that many Americans aren’t even aware he is supposed to be doing something about the supply chain.”

“Mayor Pete wanted us to elect him as president, yet his first test of leadership at the national level has been an embarrassing failure,” Meckler said.

Other findings of the poll, which surveyed more than 1,000  2022 election voters conducted December 4 to December 7 included:

  • Just 14.8 percent say Biden is doing a fair job.
  • Only 14.5 percent say he is doing a good job.
  • 53.3 percent of independent voters say Buttigieg is doing a poor job of handling the supply chain crisis.
  • 25.1 percent say Buttigieg is doing a fair job.
  • 6.4 percent say Buttigieg is doing a good job, and 15.2 percent say an excellent job.
  • 81.4 percent of Republican voters say U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is doing a poor job of handling the supply chain crisis.
  • 7.6 percent say he is doing a fair job.
  • 5.9 percent say Buttigieg is is doing a good job, and 5.1 percent say an excellent job.
  • 32.7 percent of Democrat voters say Buttigieg is doing a poor job of handling the supply chain crisis.
  • 14.7 percent say he is doing a fair job, 27.9 percent say a good job, and 24.7 percent say an excellent job.

The poll has a margin of error of 2.98 percentage points.

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