Obama Approval Rating Not Impacted By Scandals

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Justifiably or not, President Barack Obama's approval rating has apparently not been hurt by a trio of scandals making headlines in the past week.

A new poll from CNN and ORC International found that 53 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 45 percent disapprove.

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This number remains virtually unchanged from polls taken before the AP and IRS scandals hit and the Benghazi scandal reemerged due to hearings.

A CNN poll taken in early April showed Obama's approval rating at 51 percent. A Gallup poll taken in early May showed him hovering at 50 percent.

Obama won 51.1 percent in the 2012 presidential election.

The survey found that 71 percent of Americans believe the actions of the IRS employees who admit they targeted tea party groups were unacceptable.

However, nearly the same percentage said they trusted Obama's statements - he basically said he was not aware of it until after the fact - on the issue.

Last week was a rough one for Obama, following the news that the IRS had been unfairly targeting tea party groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Additionally, it was revealed that the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records from the AP in what many felt was a major government overreach.

Meanwhile, the White House also faced continued scrutiny on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, last September 11, regarding who knew what and when.

Still, at least for now, Obama has remained somewhat detached from all three. Whether he'll be able to get anything done in D.C. is another story, however.

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