An overwhelming majority of Americans said that the economy and unemployment should take precedence over the Congressional investigations into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department's subpoena of Associated Press phone records and last year's deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University released Thursday.
The poll found that 73 percent of American voters nationwide believe that dealing with the economy and unemployment should be a higher priority than the investigations. Fewer than a quarter of Americans — 22 percent — believe that the investigations should be the higher priority.
Among the three controversies engulfing Washington, D.C., the poll found that a plurality of 44 percent believe the situation involving the IRS is the most important. A majority of 53 percent said that the agency's improper targeting of conservative groups constitutes a scandal and 76 percent believe that a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the situation.