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Obama Approval Rating Not Hurt By Scandals: CNN/ORC International Poll

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A new poll shows that recent scandals haven't hurt President Barack Obama's approval rating.

The poll, from CNN and ORC International, found that 53 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 45 percent disapprove. This number remains virtually unchanged from polls taken before the scandals hit.

The poll was taken on May 17 and 18, and has a 3 percent margin of error.

A CNN poll taken in early April showed Obama's approval rating to be 51 percent. According to a Gallup poll taken in early May, the president's approval rating was 50 percent.

The CNN poll also found that 71 percent of Americans believe the actions of the IRS employees who targeted tea party groups were unacceptable. However, 6 in 10 respondents said they trusted the president's statements on the issue.

Last week was a rough one for the administration, as news broke that the IRS had been unfairly targeting tea party groups applying for tax-exempt status. Additionally, it was revealed that the Justice Department had subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press. The White House also faced continued scrutiny on the attacks in Benghazi.

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