According to a new Quinnipiac poll released today, President Barack Obama is on shaky ground. The president opposes appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s abuse of hundreds of Tea Party, pro-life, and Jewish groups. Even a majority of Democrats disagree.
According to the poll, 76 percent favor appointing a special prosecutor. Just 17 percent are opposed.
The numbers do not break favorably for the president’s position along party lines. A heavy majority of Democrats, 63 percent, also favor a special prosecutor. Just 30 percent of Democrat oppose it. Most Republicans, 88 percent, and most independents, 78 percent, also favor appointing a special prosecutor.
Rather than appoint a special prosecutor, President Obama fake fired the acting IRS commissioner, Steven Miller, and appointed a new one. All of the figures named in the growing scandal are still either on the job or are still drawing government paychecks. Lois Lerner, head of the determinations unit in the IRS, has been placed on administrative leave after taking the fifth in a Congressional hearing on the scandal. She continues to draw a paycheck, as do Cindy Thomas and all other IRS agents connected to the scandal.
The poll finds that Obama’s approval ratings have dropped to a negative 45-49, with a massive drop among independents: He has a 37 approve, 57 disapprove among them.