The John Weld Peck Federal Building  in Cincinnati houses the main offices for the Internal Revenue Service in the city. (Al Behrman/Associated Press/AP)

The White House will not be pushing for a special prosecutor to handle the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups, even as three-fourths of Americans are calling for one.

Asked aboard Air Force One about a Quinnipiac University poll that showed 76 percent of Americans want a special prosecutor to handle the case, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration isn't looking at that option