Scandals bad news for Obama, says Rasmussen

Bad poll numbers on the scandals that have wracked the capital are adding up to bad news for President Obama, national polling expert Scott Rasmussen says.

In a column published Friday, Rasmussen acknowledges Obama’s job-approval rating remains at 47 percent, but says the administration is getting poor reviews in important areas that could belie that.

Rasmussen found 65 percent of voters don’t believe the administration’s story that the idea of targeting conservative groups for heightened scrutiny by the IRS was limited to one office of the agency.

That and a steady drumbeat of reports that the State Department deliberately misled the American people about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, along with the revelation that the Justice Department is using subpoenas to spy on journalists reporting on its activities have led more Americans to think Republicans are more trustworthy than Democrats on ethical issues, Rasmussen says.

That all points to a worsening environment for a president who committed the politician’s cardinal sin of believing his own good press.

“There is obviously no way of knowing where things will lead. At this point, however, it’s fair to say that the controversies have had an impact, and the political environment is shifting against the president,” Rasmussen concludes.

And about damn time.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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