Another new poll shows that “scandals” seem not to be hurting Obama


The RESULTS of a new CNN/ORC poll are mostly good news for President Obama.

The principal take-aways from this survey are these:

Fifty-three percent of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president’s approval rating was at 51% in CNN’s last poll, which was conducted in early April.

“That two-point difference is well within the poll’s sampling error, so it is a mistake to characterize it as a gain for the president,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Nonetheless, an approval rating that has not dropped and remains over 50% will probably be taken as good news by Democrats after the events of the last week.”

The CNN poll is in-line with Gallup, which also indicated a very slight rise in Obama’s approval rating over the same time period. And Gallup’s daily tracking poll also indicated a slight upward movement of Obama’s approval rating over the past week. But as with the CNN poll, it was within that survey’s sampling error.


[M]ore than six in 10 say that the president’s statements about the IRS scandal are completely or mostly true, with 35% not agreeing with Obama’s characterizations. And 55% say that IRS acted on its own, with 37% saying that White House ordered the IRS to target tea party and other conservative groups.

Only 42% of the public is satisfied with how the Obama administration has handled the September attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left the U.S ambassador to that country and three other Americans dead. Fifty-three percent say they are dissatisfied. But those numbers are virtually unchanged from November.


The White House has also been criticized by Congress for the Justice Department’s secret collection of phone records from the Associated Press as part of a government investigation into classified leaks. According to the poll, 52% say the Justice Department’s actions were unacceptable, with 43% saying they disagree.

Americans appear to be taking all three controversies very seriously, with 55% saying the IRS and Benghazi matters are very important to the nation and 53% saying the same thing about the AP case.



  1. Steverino

    Rather remarkable numbers when you consider Faux News and the GOP are on 24 hour scandal mode.

  2. Frank W Zimmerman

    Not only is Fox and GOP in scandal mode but so is the White House. It’s a new one every day. What else has the administration done that is notable… NOTHING !!!!

  3. Brian Opsahl

    Well Frank, it didn’t take him over 7 years to get public enemy number 1 did it..?
    If he did nothing how did everything start getting alot better when he became President…
    GM the Auto company you wingnuts were calling them Government Motors….is now the number 1 cars sales in the world…it was going bankrupt under your Bush.

    Thats a whole lot of nothing compared to the idiot he replaced don’t ya think..?

  4. Robert

    Frank, have you looked at the stock market lately? If it wasn’t where it is, he’d be blamed for it, so I’m giving him the credit. So there’s one notable thing and its a biggy.

  5. Brian Opsahl

    The world according to Frank,

    Everything Bush did was good and anything bad is the Democrats fault…
    Anything Mr.Obama has done good is also Bushes doing but anything bad is all his fault. Is that what your telling us Frank…hhmm

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