Scott Rasmussen makes an interesting point:
White House press secretary Jay Carney, speaking on CNN, dismissed “the premise, the idea that these were scandals.” However, voters see it differently. Just over half believe each of the three qualifies as a scandal. Only one out of eight sees them as no big deal.
Voters also reject the notion that the IRS targeting was the work of some low-level rogue employees. Just 20 percent believe that to be the case. A slightly larger number (26 percent) thinks the decision came from IRS headquarters. But 39 percent believe the decision to target conservative groups was made by someone who works at the White House.
At this point the scandals, if that’s what they are, aren’t touching the president himself. His personal approval rating remains high. However, remarkably, Republicans now have a two point advantage in the public opinion on governmental ethics and corruption and a whopping 23 point lead among independents. I don’t think that bodes well for a strategy that depends on trusting the government.