Lately, the Obama administration has taken to referring to "phony scandals" that have distracted Washington from the important issues--namely, the White House's domestic agenda. But a new poll from Fox News shows that the majority of Americans believe each of the four of the administration's so-called scandals--the Benghazi attack, the NSA domestic surveillance program, the Justice Department's subpoening of journalists' phone records, and the increased scrutiny of conservative non-profit groups by the IRS--are serious issues.
Among the scandals, the administration's handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi last year had the highest percentage of voters agreeing with the seriousness of the issue, with 78 percent of voters saying the questions about the attack "should be taken seriously" and only 17 percent calling it a "phony scandal."
Here's more from Fox News:
Meanwhile, 69 percent of voters say the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance of everyday Americans is serious, while 26 percent call that a fake scandal.
By a margin of 59-31 percent, voters are also more likely to view the seizure of reporters’ phone records by the Justice Department as serious rather than phony.
And while the White House sees a Congressional investigation of the IRS targeting of conservative groups as a “distraction,” 59 percent of voters take it seriously. Some 33 percent agree with the administration that it’s fake.
In each of the four situations, voters across the partisan spectrum -- Republicans, independents and Democrats -- are more likely to say the situation should be taken seriously.