May 30, 2013 - American Voters 4-1 Want Special Prosecutor For IRS, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Fixing Economy Is More Important, Voters Say 3-1

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American voters say 76 - 17 percent, including 63 - 30 percent among Democrats, that a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate charges the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

President Barack Obama gets a negative 45 - 49 percent job approval rating, compared to 48 - 45 percent positive in a May 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, conducted before the IRS allegations surfaced.

The president's biggest drop is among independent voters, who give him a negative 37 - 57 percent score, compared to a negative 42 - 48 percent May 1. He gets a negative 9 - 86 percent from Republicans and a positive 87 - 8 percent from Democrats, both virtually unchanged. Women approve 49 - 45 percent while men give a negative 40 - 54 percent score.

Americans are divided 49 - 47 percent on whether Obama is honest and trustworthy, down from 58 - 37 percent, the last time Quinnipiac University asked the question September 1, 2011.

Support for an independent prosecutor to probe the IRS issue is 88 - 6 percent among Republicans and 78 - 17 percent among independent voters, 78 - 17 percent among men and 74 - 18 percent among women.

"There is overwhelming bipartisan support for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Voters apparently don't like the idea of Attorney General Eric Holder investigating the matter himself, perhaps because they don't exactly think highly of him. Holder gets a negative 23 - 39 percent job approval rating."

American voters say 43 - 32 percent that congressional criticism of the Obama Administration's handling of the terrorist attack in Libya is 'just politics.' Voters say 44 - 33 percent, however, that members of Congress who criticize the way the Obama Administration handled the IRS are raising 'legitimate concerns.' Criticism of the Justice Department's seizure of journalists' phone records also raises 'legitimate concerns,' voters say 37 - 24 percent.

Of the three controversies, 44 percent of voters see the IRS probe as the most important, with 24 percent citing Benghazi and 15 percent picking the AP records seizure.

But voters say 73 - 22 percent that dealing with the economy and unemployment is a higher priority than investigating these three issues.

"The fact that voters say 34 - 25 percent that the economy is getting better also may be a reason the president's job approval numbers have not dropped further," Brown added.

American voters disapprove 66 - 24 percent of the job the IRS is doing.

A total of 68 percent of American voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in the nation today, while 32 percent are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied." Voters also have negative opinions of political parties:
  • 47 - 42 percent unfavorable opinion of the Democratic Party;
  • 50 - 35 percent unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party;
  • 38 - 28 percent unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party.
Only 3 percent of voters trust the federal government to do the right thing almost all the time, while 12 percent say they trust it most of the time; 47 percent say some of the time and 36 percent hardly ever. That compares to results of a Quinnipiac University poll in July 2010, four months before the Republican sweep that year on the back of anti-government sentiment, when 2 percent said almost always, 16 percent said most of the time; 50 percent said some of the time and 31 percent said hardly ever.

"All of these investigations may be having a negative effect on voters' willingness to trust the federal government.to do the right thing," said Brown.

From May 22 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,419 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or for the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Republican           38%    87%     -     36%    45%    32%    45%     8%    31%
Democratic           38      2     90     23     33     43     31     81     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      -      5      4      2      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      3      1      1      1      1      4
DK/NA                20     10      9     33     17     22     21     10     15
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Republican           39%    48%    56%    39%    54%    37%    63%    46%    43%
Democratic           40     26     23     34     23     37     15     30     33
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      3      4      1      3      2      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                19     23     18     24     18     24     18     21     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Republican           37%    39%    33%    42%    45%    31%    39%    39%    41%
Democratic           43     36     43     36     35     39     37     41     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      1      3      6      2      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      2      1      1      1      3      -      1
DK/NA                17     21     19     20     16     23     19     18     20
 
TREND: If the election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate, or for the Democratic candidate in your district? (*High also 40% Mar 2011, Feb 2012)
                                                             REPUBLICAN....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Jul 11  Apr 19  Jul 11  Nov 02
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2012*   2011
 
Republican           38      37      35      40      39      40      34
Democratic           38      41      43      43      40      43      42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3       2       1       1       1       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       2       1       2       1       2
DK/NA                20      19      18      15      17      15      19
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              45%     9%    87%    37%    40%    49%    37%    90%    57%
Disapprove           49     86      8     57     54     45     57      8     33
DK/NA                 6      5      5      6      6      6      6      2     10
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              50%    30%    27%    39%    33%    40%    17%    38%    38%
Disapprove           47     63     68     56     63     52     78     58     58
DK/NA                 4      7      5      5      4      7      5      4      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              52%    41%    49%    43%    40%    48%    44%    47%    39%
Disapprove           44     52     46     53     55     39     52     48     55
DK/NA                 4      7      6      4      4     14      4      5      6
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     BENGHZ IRS    AP
                     Q30    Q35    Q41
 
Approve              44%    43%    40%
Disapprove           51     51     55
DK/NA                 5      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Feb 08  Jun 04  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009*   2011
 
Approve              45      48      49      45      46      59      41
Disapprove           49      45      45      46      45      31      55
DK/NA                 6       8       6       9       9      10       4
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              24%    46%    12%    19%    26%    22%    25%    13%    30%
Disapprove           67     45     84     70     67     67     65     84     59
DK/NA                 9     10      4     11      7     12     10      3     11
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              19%    29%    31%    25%    28%    23%    35%    26%    28%
Disapprove           74     60     61     66     65     65     54     67     65
DK/NA                 7     11      8      9      7     12     11      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              18%    27%    24%    21%    23%    29%    20%    24%    24%
Disapprove           75     63     66     73     70     53     69     71     65
DK/NA                 7     11     10      7      7     18     11      5     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (*High also 34% Mar 3, 2011 & Mar 2010, **Low also 19% Nov 2011, Feb 2013)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Feb 08  Mar 31  Apr 03
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2011*   2013**
 
Approve              24      24      19      20      19      34      19
Disapprove           67      67      71      71      72      55      71
DK/NA                 9       8      10       9       8      11      10
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              30%     8%    61%    20%    26%    33%    23%    63%    40%
Disapprove           60     86     29     68     66     54     67     26     47
DK/NA                11      6     10     12      8     13     10     10     13
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              29%    19%    18%    25%    19%    26%    12%    24%    27%
Disapprove           63     69     75     66     74     61     78     69     66
DK/NA                 8     11      8      9      7     13     10      8      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              31%    29%    33%    27%    25%    36%    27%    31%    25%
Disapprove           60     60     54     67     68     48     61     62     64
DK/NA                 9     11     13      6      6     17     13      7     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (*Low also 24% Sep 2011, Oct 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Feb 08  Mar 4   Nov 23
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009    2011*
 
Approve              30      31      34      32      33      45      24
Disapprove           60      60      59      60      59      45      69
DK/NA                11       9       7       8       9      10       7
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            48%     9%    90%    42%    44%    52%    39%    91%    64%
Unfavorable          49     87      7     56     55     43     57      7     31
Hvn't hrd enough      2      2      2      1      1      3      2      2      1
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      2      1      1      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  Feb 08  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 12  Oct 05
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2008    2011
 
Favorable            48      51      45      45      47      67      42
Unfavorable          49      46      48      49      48      19      53
Hvn't hrd enough      2       2       4       3       2      11       3
REFUSED               1       2       4       3       2       3       3
 
 
14. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        6%     2%    11%     4%     6%     6%     2%    22%    14%
Smwht satisfied      26     11     48     18     25     26     22     48     30
Smwht dissatisfied   26     24     26     29     25     26     27     20     24
Very dissatisfied    42     63     13     49     42     42     48     10     32
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      1      -      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  May 01  Apr 03  Mar 07  Feb 08  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        6       2       2       2       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      26      25      28      23      28      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   26      35      31      28      28      19      38
Very dissatisfied    42      37      38      46      40      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
15. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Almost all the time   3%     1%     6%     -      2%     4%     1%     7%    10%
Most of the time     12      6     23      9     12     12      9     35     16
Some of the time     47     47     55     43     44     51     48     44     49
Hardly ever          36     46     15     48     41     32     41     14     26
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                     May 30  Jul 22  Mar 24  Feb 11
                     2013    2010    2010    2010
 
Almost all the time   3       2       2       2
Most of the time     12      16      17      16
Some of the time     47      50      50      54
Hardly ever          36      31      30      27
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1
 
 
16. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            42%     5%    86%    33%    37%    46%    36%    81%    46%
Unfavorable          47     88      5     52     54     41     54     11     34
Hvn't hrd enough      8      4      7     11      7      9      8      7     15
REFUSED               3      2      2      3      2      4      3      1      5
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  Apr 03  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 12  Apr 21
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2008    2010
 
Favorable            42      38      37      37      37      55      32
Unfavorable          47      44      50      46      49      35      52
Hvn't hrd enough      8      15      11      15      11       6      12
REFUSED               3       3       2       2       3       4       3
 
 
17. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            35%    74%     6%    34%    39%    32%    41%    10%    23%
Unfavorable          50     18     78     50     50     51     46     72     56
Hvn't hrd enough     11      6     13     12      8     14     10     17     19
REFUSED               3      1      2      4      2      3      3      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it? (*Low also 25% Jul 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  Apr 03  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Nov 22  Oct 8
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2010    2009*
 
Favorable            35      28      33      33      32      40      25
Unfavorable          50      52      50      49      53      45      53
Hvn't hrd enough     11      17      14      16      12      13      18
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       3       3       4
 
 
18. Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            28%    52%     6%    27%    35%    21%    31%    12%    20%
Unfavorable          38     11     61     40     37     38     35     54     40
Hvn't hrd enough     33     34     33     32     27     39     32     34     40
REFUSED               1      3      1      1      1      2      2      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the Tea Party movement favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  Apr 03  Nov 23  Nov 03  Sep 01  Nov 17  Apr 03
                     2013    2013    2011    2011    2011    2010    2013
 
Favorable            28      24      29      31      29      34      24
Unfavorable          38      43      42      45      42      38      43
Hvn't hrd enough     33      32      28      24      29      26      32
REFUSED               1       2       2       1       1       1       2
 
 
19. Would you say that Barack Obama - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  49%    15%    90%    40%    45%    52%    41%    92%    60%
No                   47     80      8     56     51     43     54      8     34
DK/NA                 5      5      2      5      4      6      5      -      6
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     May 30  Sep 01  Jan 13  Sep 09  Jan 13
                     2013    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Yes                  49      58      63      55      56
No                   47      37      31      38      37
DK/NA                 5       6       6       6       7
 
 
20. Would you say that Barack Obama - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  53%    24%    87%    44%    50%    55%    45%    95%    62%
No                   45     75     11     53     49     42     53      5     35
DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      1      3      2      -      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  Jul 11  Apr 19  Oct 05  Sep 01  Jan 13  Oct 05
                     2013    2012    2012    2011    2011    2010    2011
 
Yes                  53      59      60      49      50      66      49
No                   45      39      36      49      48      32      49
DK/NA                 2       3       4       2       3       2       2
 
 
21. Would you say that Barack Obama - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  53%    20%    90%    46%    50%    55%    45%    91%    70%
No                   45     76      9     51     47     42     53      7     26
DK/NA                 3      4      1      3      3      3      3      2      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  56%    39%    35%    47%    41%    48%    26%    44%    45%
No                   42     58     62     50     57     49     70     53     51
DK/NA                 2      3      3      3      2      3      4      3      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  59%    50%    56%    51%    50%    65%    52%    53%    44%
No                   39     47     41     46     49     32     46     44     53
DK/NA                 2      3      3      4      -      4      2      3      3
 
TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                             YES...........
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  Jul 11  Apr 19  Feb 22  Oct 05  Nov 12  May 30
                     2013    2012    2012    2012    2011    2008    2013
 
Yes                  53      56      57      58      54      70      53
No                   45      41      39      40      43      22      45
DK/NA                 3       3       4       2       3       7       3
 
 
22. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                43%     4%    89%    35%    39%    47%    35%    89%    55%
Reps in Congress     43     85      6     45     48     38     50      8     34
DK/NA                14     11      5     19     13     15     15      4     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Obama                48%    41%    47%    41%    38%    49%    41%    45%    37%
Reps in Congress     40     44     39     46     50     35     44     43     47
DK/NA                11     15     14     12     11     15     15     12     15
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (* Low also 41% Jul 2010, Jun 2011)
                                                             OBAMA.........
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  Mar 07  Feb 11  Apr 20  Feb 23  Nov 02  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2011    2011*
 
Obama                43      44      47      43      46      48      41
Reps in Congress     43      40      41      43      41      39      43
DK/NA                14      15      12      15      13      12      16
 
 
23. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent             2%     -      4%     1%     2%     2%     1%     6%     6%
Good                 24     12     43     18     23     25     20     42     35
Not so good          40     43     38     39     41     39     42     37     27
Poor                 34     46     13     41     33     34     36     14     32
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             1%     2%     1%     2%     -      4%     1%     2%     1%
Good                 30     21     23     27     26     25     22     26     20
Not so good          42     39     37     40     45     35     43     40     40
Poor                 26     37     38     30     27     36     32     31     37
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      -      2      1      2
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXLNT+GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  May 02  Feb 11  Jul 12  Feb 23  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2012    2003    2009
 
Excellent             2       -       1       1       1       3       -
Good                 24      17      19      13      13      37       3
Not so good          40      45      41      45      43      42      28
Poor                 34      36      38      41      43      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       1       -
 
 
24. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               34%    16%    57%    29%    36%    32%    30%    56%    39%
Worse                25     33     10     28     22     27     27     10     17
The same             40     50     33     42     41     40     42     33     44
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               46%    28%    29%    37%    40%    36%    30%    36%    32%
Worse                16     29     28     22     18     25     23     24     28
The same             37     42     43     39     42     39     45     39     38
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      -      -      2      1      2
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (* Low also 11% Sep 2011)
                                                             BETTER........
                                                             High    Low
                     May 30  May 02  Feb 11  Feb 23  Oct 06  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2013    2013    2013    2012    2011    2011    2011*
 
Better               34      32      34      35      11      36      11
Worse                25      24      28      26      44      20      44
The same             40      43      37      38      44      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eric Holder is handling his job as United States Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              23%    12%    41%    18%    23%    23%    18%    48%    39%
Disapprove           39     58     13     47     49     29     43     12     29
DK/NA                38     30     46     35     28     48     39     40     32
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     AP
                     Q41
 
Approve              24%
Disapprove           52
DK/NA                24
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Internal Revenue Service, or the IRS, is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              24%    13%    42%    19%    24%    25%    22%    37%    35%
Disapprove           66     80     44     74     70     63     69     49     57
DK/NA                 9      6     14      7      6     12      9     14      7
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     IRS
                     Q35
 
Approve              22%
Disapprove           70
DK/NA                 8
 
 
30. Some members of Congress criticized the way the Obama administration handled the attack in Benghazi, Libya. How much have you heard or read about this; a lot, a little, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                51%    58%    41%    56%    61%    43%    54%    41%    41%
A little             38     35     42     35     31     44     36     39     44
Nothing at all       11      7     16      9      8     13      9     20     13
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      1      -      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
A lot                65%    48%    58%    53%    63%    46%    55%    55%    61%
A little             32     39     34     37     28     43     35     37     31
Nothing at all        3     13      7     10      9     10      9      8      8
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
 
31. Do you think those members of Congress are raising legitimate concerns, or are they just playing politics, or haven't you heard enough about this?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legitimate concerns  32%    55%     8%    38%    39%    26%    38%    10%    19%
Playing politics     43     25     59     43     43     42     41     48     43
Hvn't hrd enough     24     20     31     18     16     30     20     42     35
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      1      1      -      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Legitimate concerns  39%    37%    44%    35%    46%    31%    48%    36%    41%
Playing politics     46     39     39     40     42     41     35     41     43
Hvn't hrd enough     13     23     16     23     11     27     16     22     15
REFUSED               2      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     BENGHAZI
                     Q30
 
Legitimate concerns  36%
Playing politics     45
Hvn't hrd enough     18
REFUSED               1
 
 
32. Would you describe the Benghazi matter as a scandal or not, or haven't you heard enough about this?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A scandal            39%    60%    15%    42%    44%    34%    43%    14%    30%
Not a scandal        27     12     41     26     29     26     27     31     21
Hvn't hrd enough     34     27     43     31     27     40     29     54     48
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
A scandal            40%    45%    50%    44%    47%    39%    56%    43%    48%
Not a scandal        40     21     21     25     28     26     13     26     20
Hvn't hrd enough     20     34     29     29     24     34     30     30     31
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      -      1      -      1      1
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     BENGHAZI
                     Q30
 
A scandal            43%
Not a scandal        30
Hvn't hrd enough     27
REFUSED               1
 
 
33. Do you think the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people about the events surrounding the death of the American ambassador to Libya, or do you believe the Obama administration shared the facts with the American people as they became available?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Deliberately misled  46%    78%    13%    53%    52%    41%    53%    12%    32%
Shared facts         40     12     72     34     37     43     34     77     48
DK/NA                13     10     16     13     11     16     13     11     20
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Deliberately misled  45%    57%    62%    51%    59%    48%    71%    54%    56%
Shared facts         43     29     26     39     29     37     17     34     35
DK/NA                12     14     12     10     12     14     12     12      9
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     BENGHAZI
                     Q30
 
Deliberately misled  50%
Shared facts         40
DK/NA                10
 
TREND: Do you think the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people about the events surrounding the death of the American ambassador to Libya, or do you believe the Obama administration shared the facts with the American people as they became available?
                     May 30  Dec 05
                     2013    2012
 
Deliberately misled  46      41%
Shared facts         40      47
DK/NA                13      12
 
 
34. How much do you blame Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the death of the American ambassador to Libya; do you blame her a lot, a little or not at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                22%    40%     3%    25%    28%    17%    25%     5%    15%
A little             26     36     14     29     28     25     27     16     28
Not at all           45     16     78     39     39     50     40     74     50
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7      5      9      7      5      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
A lot                18%    29%    32%    26%    32%    20%    36%    25%    33%
A little             28     27     30     25     28     27     31     30     24
Not at all           50     35     31     39     34     44     26     36     37
DK/NA                 3     10      7      9      6      9      7      8      6
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     BENGHAZI
                     Q30
 
A lot                24%
A little             29
Not at all           42
DK/NA                 5
 
 
35. It's been disclosed that the IRS singled out some conservative political groups for extra questions about their tax status. How much have you heard or read about this; a lot, a little, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                46%    49%    37%    52%    53%    40%    48%    35%    39%
A little             33     32     40     30     29     37     34     32     34
Nothing at all       20     19     23     19     17     23     18     33     24
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      1      -      -      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A lot                59%    40%    36%    56%    62%    20%    42%    52%    57%
A little             31     34     35     33     29     36     34     32     33
Nothing at all        9     25     28     12      9     44     23     15     10
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      1      -      -
 
 
36. Some members of Congress have criticized the way the Obama administration handled this situation with the IRS. Do you think those members of Congress are raising legitimate concerns, or are they just playing politics, or haven't you heard enough about this?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legitimate concerns  44%    60%    21%    52%    50%    38%    48%    22%    34%
Playing politics     33     19     50     27     32     34     30     49     37
Hvn't hrd enough     23     19     27     21     17     28     22     28     29
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      -      1      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Legitimate concerns  48%    41%    35%    49%    58%    32%    39%    49%    47%
Playing politics     38     31     33     36     31     34     31     32     35
Hvn't hrd enough     13     27     31     14     11     34     28     19     17
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     IRS
                     Q35
 
Legitimate concerns  52%
Playing politics     37
Hvn't hrd enough     10
REFUSED               1
 
 
37. Would you describe the situation with the IRS as a scandal or not, or haven't you heard enough about this?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A scandal            53%    74%    29%    57%    61%    46%    56%    32%    50%
Not a scandal        18      6     31     17     19     18     18     21     18
Hvn't hrd enough     28     20     39     26     20     35     25     46     32
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A scandal            57%    51%    45%    60%    63%    50%    51%    53%    56%
Not a scandal        27     15     15     24     22     16     17     20     19
Hvn't hrd enough     16     34     39     15     15     33     32     26     23
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      -      -      -      -      3
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     IRS
                     Q35
 
A scandal            63%
Not a scandal        21
Hvn't hrd enough     15
REFUSED               1
 
 
38. Do you think the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people about the situation with the IRS, or do you believe the Obama administration shared the facts with the American people as they became available?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Deliberately misled  40%    68%    10%    47%    47%    34%    46%    11%    27%
Shared facts         45     19     75     39     42     48     39     80     53
DK/NA                15     12     15     14     11     18     15      9     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Deliberately misled  36%    42%    35%    43%    48%    37%    34%    43%    45%
Shared facts         52     42     47     48     42     50     45     47     38
DK/NA                12     16     17      9     10     13     21     10     17
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     IRS
                     Q35
 
Deliberately misled  45%
Shared facts         47
DK/NA                 9
 
 
39. Do you think the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service was a decision made by civil service employees at the IRS or a decision made by the Obama administration?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Civil srvc employees 45%    24%    68%    41%    45%    44%    41%    65%    52%
Obama administration 35     55     13     40     40     31     38     16     30
DK/NA                20     20     19     20     15     24     21     19     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Civil srvc employees 55%    40%    44%    47%    51%    48%    48%    45%    38%
Obama administration 26     39     34     35     35     34     29     37     40
DK/NA                19     21     22     18     15     19     23     18     22
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     IRS
                     Q35
 
Civil srvc employees 48%
Obama administration 37
DK/NA                14
 
 
40. Do you think an independent special prosecutor should or should not be appointed to investigate the situation with the IRS?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Should be appointed  76%    88%    63%    78%    78%    74%    77%    68%    76%
Should not           17      6     30     17     17     18     17     25     15
DK/NA                 7      6      7      6      6      8      6      7      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Should be appointed  68%    79%    77%    74%    76%    78%    78%    78%    70%
Should not           26     13     14     22     21     16     15     18     19
DK/NA                 6      7      9      4      3      6      7      4     11
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     IRS
                     Q35
 
Should be appointed  76%
Should not           19
DK/NA                 5
 
 
41. The Associated Press, sometimes referred to as the AP, reported classified information about U.S. anti-terrorism efforts and prosecutors have obtained the AP's phone records through a court order. How much have you heard or read about this; a lot, a little, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A lot                26%    28%    15%    33%    34%    19%    28%    13%    21%
A little             37     37     42     33     38     36     38     33     30
Nothing at all       37     34     43     33     28     44     34     53     46
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      -      -      -      -      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
A lot                35%    24%    30%    27%    34%    22%    29%    29%    33%
A little             38     38     39     36     38     39     42     33     36
Nothing at all       26     38     30     37     27     39     29     38     30
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      1      -      -
 
 
42. Some members in Congress have criticized the way the Obama administration handled this situation with the AP. Do you think those members in Congress are raising legitimate concerns, or are they just playing politics, or haven't you heard enough about this?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legitimate concerns  37%    52%    16%    44%    43%    30%    41%    22%    21%
Playing politics     24     12     37     21     25     23     21     33     35
Hvn't hrd enough     39     35     47     34     31     46     38     45     43
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      -      1      -      -      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Legitimate concerns  45%    39%    46%    38%    49%    34%    49%    39%    41%
Playing politics     22     20     20     19     22     20     15     21     27
Hvn't hrd enough     32     40     34     43     28     45     36     39     31
REFUSED               1      -      1      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     AP
                     Q41
 
Legitimate concerns  53%
Playing politics     29
Hvn't hrd enough     18
REFUSED               -
 
 
43. Would you describe the situation with the AP as a scandal or not, or haven't you heard enough about this?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A scandal            31%    42%    15%    35%    35%    27%    33%    13%    30%
Not a scandal        14      7     19     14     18     11     13     17     18
Hvn't hrd enough     54     50     65     50     46     62     53     69     52
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
A scandal            34%    33%    37%    34%    37%    29%    41%    32%    37%
Not a scandal        21      9     10     10     16     10      5     13     12
Hvn't hrd enough     45     57     52     55     45     60     53     54     50
REFUSED               1      1      2      -      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     AP
                     Q41
 
A scandal            44%
Not a scandal        21
Hvn't hrd enough     35
REFUSED               1
 
 
44. Do you think the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people about the situation with the AP, or do you believe the Obama administration shared the facts with the American people as they became available?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Deliberately misled  36%    60%     9%    43%    42%    31%    40%    12%    33%
Shared facts         38     16     65     31     36     39     33     70     36
DK/NA                26     25     26     26     22     30     27     18     31
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Deliberately misled  34%    44%    49%    37%    46%    36%    59%    36%    46%
Shared facts         39     30     27     38     30     35     19     36     31
DK/NA                28     26     24     25     24     29     22     28     23
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     AP
                     Q41
 
Deliberately misled  47%
Shared facts         37
DK/NA                16
 
 
45. Do you believe the government has the right to investigate media organizations when the government suspects there has been a leak that jeopardizes national security or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  72%    74%    78%    66%    70%    74%    72%    80%    71%
No                   22     22     14     29     24     21     22     12     27
DK/NA                 6      5      7      5      6      6      5      8      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes                  70%    74%    72%    78%    70%    74%    71%    76%    75%
No                   25     21     22     18     25     20     23     19     20
DK/NA                 5      6      6      4      5      6      6      5      5
 
                     HEARD OR READ ABOUT
                     AP
                     Q41
 
Yes                  70%
No                   25
DK/NA                 5
 
 
46. Which of these three situations do you believe is the most important to the nation: Benghazi, the IRS, or the AP?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Benghazi             24%    31%    18%    24%    23%    25%    27%    16%    17%
IRS                  44     47     41     44     49     40     42     51     54
AP                   15      8     23     14     14     15     15     13     15
NONE(VOL)             5      2      6      7      6      5      5      5      7
DK/NA                12     12     11     11      8     15     11     15      6
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Benghazi             29%    26%    30%    30%    25%    28%    35%    26%    26%
IRS                  39     43     43     38     48     36     43     40     47
AP                   20     13     12     15     14     16      8     14     13
NONE(VOL)             6      4      4      5      5      5      1      6      4
DK/NA                 6     14     12     13      7     15     13     13     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Benghazi             28%    22%    17%    31%    31%    16%    26%    29%    19%
IRS                  40     46     50     42     41     52     46     41     43
AP                   20     13     14     17     16     22     11     15     13
NONE(VOL)             7      5      5      4      7      4      6      5      6
DK/NA                 6     14     15      6      5      6     12     10     18
 
 
47. What do you think should be the higher priority investigating these issues or dealing with the economy and unemployment?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Investigating issues 22%    34%     8%    24%    24%    20%    23%    14%    17%
Economy/Unemployment 73     60     89     72     72     75     72     83     82
DK/NA                 5      6      3      5      5      5      6      3      1
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv   Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Investigating issues 19%    25%    28%    21%    25%    21%    34%    22%    26%
Economy/Unemployment 75     70     65     71     70     73     60     71     67
DK/NA                 6      6      7      8      5      6      6      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Investigating issues 19%    23%    18%    23%    26%     7%    22%    24%    26%
Economy/Unemployment 76     72     77     72     72     91     75     70     65
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      2      2      3      5      9
 
 

Demographic Summary