Nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters — including a majority of Democrats — think the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups is an example of corruption. And more than seven in 10 voters want Congress to continue investigating.
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Fox News’ Chris Stirewalt reported that a slight majority of Democrats (51 percent) view the IRS targeting scandal as an example of corruption. Sixty percent of Democrats think congressional action is necessary.
Nine months after the IRS story broke, the number of Americans wanting a congressional investigation is down slightly from a high of 78 percent in June 2013. Lawmakers held a hearing earlier this month with representatives of Tea Party and conservative groups and have vowed to keep the pressure on the Obama administration.
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Questions from the poll, conducted Feb. 9-11, are below.
The Internal Revenue Service has admitted that between the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2012 it targeted tax-exempt groups for extra scrutiny and that the vast majority of those were conservative groups with Tea Party in their names — do you think that’s an example of corruption at the IRS, or not?
Don’t know: 8%
Should Congress continue to investigate the IRS targeting of hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for special scrutiny?
Don’t know: 4%