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.
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.
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