National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted September 8-9, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports
1* A number of controversies are swirling around the White House at the moment. I’m going to read you a short list of topics and ask you to rate whether you consider each a serious scandal, an embarrassing situation but not a scandal or no big deal.
The National Security Agency's secret surveillance of Americans' phone and e-mail communications.
The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative political organizations.
The White House’s explanation of what happened when the U.S. ambassador was killed in Benghazi, Libya last year.
The Department of Justice secret subpoenas of reporters’ phone records.
2* Looking ahead a year from today, which of these controversies will still be a major news story?—the government's secret surveillance of millions of Americans' phone calls and e-mails, the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department's targeting of reporters and the Obama administration's handling of the situation in Benghazi, Libya where the U.S. ambassador was killed last fall.
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence