Poll: Scandals give tea party a boost

The trio of controversies in Washington -- the IRS scandal, the Benghazi debate and the Justice Department secretly obtaining AP phone records -- have given the tea party new life, according to a new poll.

The new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that 37 percent of Americans now see the tea party in a favorable light -- up from 28 percent in March and the highest it's been since July 2011.

But it's hardly all good news for the tea party, with 45 percent of Americans still seeing it in an unfavorable light. That number is down slightly since the 2012 election, but the fact remains that the tea party is underwater (in polling terms).

 

In addition, President Obama continues to appear unscathed by the controversy. In addition to his 53 percent approval rating (which we reported Sunday), 58 percent see him as a strong leader. Those numbers are actually up from CNN's last poll.

In other findings, Hillary Clinton's favorable rating dropped slightly, to 61 percent, with 36 percent viewing her unfavorably (it was 63/33 in March). But she doesn't appear to have paid a huge price for the growing controversy over what happened in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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