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CNN Poll Shows Obama Approval Rating Remains Steady

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A recent CNN poll shows that President Obama’s approval rating remains unchanged, despite the drama he's had to deal with.

The CNN/ORC International poll published on Sunday says that 53 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance as president, and 47 percent disapprove. In April, before all these controversies, 51 percent of Americans reported approval and 47 percent reported disapproval.

The White House has weathered perhaps the toughest media storm the Obama administration has seen since taking office over the last few weeks.

First, the Benghazi hearings placed a considerable amount of strain on the White House as hundreds of documents and hours of hearings and interviews were reviewed with a fine-toothed comb by Obama-hunter Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Second, the IRS has been under fire after a few bureaus inappropriately targeted conservative groups filing for tax-exempt status. And third, the Justice Department is now getting investigated for illegally acquiring reporters’ phone records.

The poll showed that 70 percent of Americans see the IRS' actions as unacceptable, and 55 percent believe the bureaus acted on their own accord. Only 37 percent believe White House officials were involved in some way.

Sources: Washington Post, CNN