Poll: Rove should resign

But 25 percent of those surveyed have never heard of him.

Published July 27, 2005 8:10PM (EDT)

Karl Rove should leave the White House for his role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame, according to a new USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll. "Those surveyed are split almost evenly, 40%-39%, over whether Bush should fire him. By 49% to 31%, a plurality says he should resign," USA Today reported.

But before the Democrats start jumping up and down with glee, the survey also found that the Plame scandal is not top-of-mind for most: "The controversy hasn't gripped the public's attention. Just half of those surveyed say they are following the story closely; one in five aren't following it at all," USA Today said. And a full 25 percent of those surveyed had never even heard of Karl Rove.

Maybe Turd Bloosom's strategy of hiding behind the Roberts nomination is working after all.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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