Poll: 47 percent think IRS targeting orders came from the White House

That number marks a ten point increase from last month

Published June 18, 2013 1:38PM (EDT)

A new poll by CNN/Opinion Research finds that 47 percent of Americans believe that orders for the IRS to target conservatives and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status came down from the White House, an increase from 37 percent last month.

From CNN:

Fifty-one percent of those questioned said the IRS controversy is a very important issue to the nation, compared to 55% who felt that way in May. In the past week and a half, the IRS story has been put a bit on the backburner, as the controversy over the federal government's massive surveillance program has dominated the spotlight.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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