Do Americans Care About the IRS Scandal?

A May 14-15 Gallup Poll illuminates the reality that only 54 percent of Americans are very or somewhat closely following the news concerning the Internal Revenue Service, and a similar 53 percent are in tune with the congressional hearings on the attack concerning the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and its aftermath.

In the followings that Gallup has measured of more than 200 news stories in the past decades, viewership usually stands around 60 percent. These results are significant, then, as they demonstrate the higher level of disinterest Americans have conclusively shown for these two stories, despite their extensive news coverage.

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Who is causing this low report of interest? With only 40 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Independents following the IRS scandal, we may have our answer. This is supported by the 45 percent of Democrats interested in the Benghazi situation, and the 52 percent of Independents closely following suit.

So why the disinterest? It is arguable the liberals are following the lead of the Obama administration, which has given more weight to the IRS situation while taking a step back from the Benghazi news, as it fields criticism for the way it handled its aftermath.

Conversely, compared to the 40 percent of Democrats interested in the IRS scandal, Republicans appear gung-ho, with their 67 percent following. They show a similar investment regarding the Benghazi situation, posting a 66 percent interest.

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One thing that Americans along all three party lines can agree on is that the IRS scandal warrants continued investigation. A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree on this point, while Democrats break off from the group over whether the Benghazi situation demands more attention. Eighty six percent of Republicans agree with this, along with 73 percent of independents. The Democrats’ results could again reflect their obedience to the Obama administration’s stance.

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