Amid Today's Political Scandals, What's the Most Important Issue?

Of the three scandals bedeviling the White House, which is most important?

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    The IRS targeting conservative political groups
  2. The Obama administration response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya
  3. The Justice Department seizure of records from the Associated Press


Forty-four percent of voters choose the IRS scandal, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds.

Older voters agree. Of those 65 and older, 43 percent rate it tops, as do 41 percent in the 45-64 group. Benghazi is second, with 19 percent of the oldest age group and 29 percent of the 45-64 group saying it's most important. The seizure of phone records comes in third.

Still, money matters rule. None of the scandals du jour measure up to the importance of dealing with the economy and unemployment, say voters by 73-22 percent. The older the voter, however, the higher investigating the scandals rank: Ages 45-64, 70-24 percent; ages 65 and older, 65-26.

So, who should investigate the IRS? In a nation polarized on so many issues, the call for a special prosecutor stands out in its unity - supported by overwhelming majorities of not just every age group, but both parties, all income levels, all races and both genders.

Some 76 percent of all voters polled favor a special prosecutor, including 78 percent of the 45-64 group and 70 percent of 65 and older.

Not surprisingly, the IRS isn't making many friends. Two-thirds of voters think it's doing a lousy job, and older voters are even more critical.


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