President Obama, who has long enjoyed strong marks when it comes to his personal integrity, has lost a little mojo in light of recent scandals and controversies.
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll,
when asked about each of three current controversies — Benghazi, the
IRS scandal, and the Justice Department’s monitoring of journalists — at
least 55 percent of respondents in each case say the scandal raises
doubts about “the overall honesty and integrity of the Obama
administration.” And for each, at least 39 percent say it raises major
doubts (with Benghazi the highest at 45 percent).
So far, the poll shows Americans aren’t rushing to blame Obama directly.
His approval has remained steady at 48 percent — down slightly from
earlier this year, though virtually unchanged from April.
But Americans so far are more inclined to believe the worst of the
administration than its explanations for the controversies. They are
more likely to say (43 percent to 29 percent) that the IRS scandal is
part of a widespread campaign against conservative groups than that it
was just a few officials misbehaving, and they side with journalists in
the Justice Department controversy (48 percent say the monitoring was
not appropriate, versus 27 percent who say it was appropriate).
The findings are backed up by a new Bloomberg poll,
which shows nearly half of Americans — 47 percent — don’t believe Obama
is being truthful about the IRS scandal. A lower percentage — 40
percent — say he is being truthful. (Continues)
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