I remember the times when some in the press stumbled over themselves to pin a scandal on former president, Barack Obama. It wasn’t easy, so the simplest things were often blown up into a so-called “scandal.”
From Obama putting his foot on his desk in the Oval office, to the color of a suit he wore, to him chewing gum, were blown up into a “scandal.” Now compare those actions to those of Donald Trump, and the obvious obstruction of justice soup he is now boiling in.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 22, 2017
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.