Poll: Public holds Obama responsible for border crisis, Iraq and the IRS scandal

posted at 1:31 pm on July 2, 2014 by Bruce McQuain

As the crisis at our southern border continues to stagger on, a recent IBD/TIPP poll found that a majority of Americans hold President Obama and his administration responsible for the problem:

The public largely blames President Obama for the flood of children who have poured over the border in recent weeks, creating a growing humanitarian crisis, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll released Monday.

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The poll found that 59% of those closely following the immigration crisis agree that “current administration policies and lack of focus on securing the border” are behind the human tide of illegal crossings. Six in 10 say that the children should be ordered to leave the country. (The survey found that 73% of Americans are following this story closely.)

The responsibility for the border crisis is one Obama can’t duck or deny – it is a crisis of his own making.  His refusal to enforce the laws of the land and his permissive policies and rhetoric all but invited this to happen.  Now that it has, he’s “frustrated” with Congress – his personal candidate for being tossed under the blame bus, and is asking for 2 billion in emergency funds to address the crisis he created.  As you can see, most Americans aren’t buying the White House spin.

He doesn’t get a pass on Iraq either.  Per the poll, 56% believe his decision to withdraw troops in 2011 had a direct bearing on the crisis there today.

What’s more, 55% say that Obama wasn’t being honest when he claimed that Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was entirely responsible for the decision to bring the troops home.

Meanwhile, 55% say that the administration’s failure to contain the Syria conflict contributed to the rise of the militant forces in Iraq. Just 27% give Obama high marks for his handling of the Iraq situation.

Finally, the IRS scandal is considered anything but a “phony scandal” by the public:

The IBD/TIPP poll found that 65% believe that the lost IRS emails are an attempt by the administration to “hide evidence that the IRS deliberately targeted conservative groups” prior to the 2012 presidential election.

The lost emails are the latest twist in a more than year-long saga that erupted when an inspector general report detailed how the IRS held up Tea Party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status before the 2012 elections.

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Obama dismissed the IRS scandal earlier this year, saying there was not “even a smidgen of corruption.” Congressional Democrats argue that the IRS wasn’t singling out right-wing groups.

Those defenses aren’t flying with most Americans who’ve been tracking this story. Among independents, 66% think the lost emails were an attempt to cover up wrongdoing. Even 36% of Democrats say it was a cover-up.

These are three very hot topics that Americans are following  closely and a majority doesn’t believe the administration’s side of the story.  As Mr. Obama’s favorite preacher would say, it appears as if the Obama chickens “are coming home to roost”.

~McQ


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EdmundBurke247 on July 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

The survey found that 73% of Americans are following this story closely.

I don’t, for a moment, believe that it’s anywhere near that high. I’d like to, but I don’t. Which makes me wonder about a lot of the other numbers.

bofh on July 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

It is so scary how just a few years ago the federal gov’t allowed thousands of guns to ‘walk’ into the hands of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Now we have this situation on the border where local law enforcement is totally overwhelmed, and the door is wide open for these same, heavily armed, well financed, and violent cartel members to stroll into the US.

bitsy on July 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Not to mention any terrorist group member that wants to. That’s the scary part that no one wants to even think about let alone speak about.

D-fusit on July 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Hmn, an unintended consequence of the crisis at the border? Perhaps one of many desired outcomes is to distract from keeping an eye on drug cartel and jihadist traffic for all the potential fun and games they bring with them.

hawkeye54 on July 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

As for the republicans, they are more worthless in my eyes. How many years now have we been told “we just need a few more (R)’s in office and then we will fix this mess? 6 years? Do you honestly expect Mitch McConnel, John McCain (remember the Gang of Eight?), Lindsay Graham, Thad Cochran, Kevin McCarthy, John Boehner et al., to fix this??? Please. IF we even win the senate this year, McConnell will once again “restore order” and allow the (D)’s to dictate the Senate. And still, those establishment types will denigrate those conservatives who manage to win elections and get to Congress, and relegate them to back bench positions.

The American Citizenry have been long since discarded by those in power as “useful idiots” and until we make that point invalid, nothing will change.

So…these articles, while good for the soul, accomplish nothing. Most of us knew this information 7 and 8 years ago. The guy is an absolute piece of garbage and everything he has done was with the intent to harm this Country. We knew it and did not stop it. Twice.

USNCVN on July 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Oh. I completely agree. And, I constantly argue that conservatives should sit out the next election in a last-ditch effort to get the GOP to move rightward.

The GOP is a worthless, conservative-hating, big-gov’t loving, spineless organization. Getting a GOP majority in the Senate would be a pyrrhic victory at best. Most likely, it would result in the GOP signing on to most leftist b.s. and taking ownership of it.

I have no use for the GOP as it has been constituted for the last 20 years. the fact that Boehner and McConnell remain “leaders” demonstrates that the GOP members in the house and Senate are nothing more than useful tools for the left.

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

It is so scary how just a few years ago the federal gov’t allowed thousands of guns to ‘walk’ into the hands of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

bitsy on July 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Closer to 6 years ago. And the GOP could care less.

Much like the IRS “scandal” that has been being “investigated” for at least 4 years.

The GOP is not interested in any results or truth coming out. They keep the “investigations” just alive enough to use for fundraising.

The GOP is a useless entity that deserves no votes from conservatives.

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Not to mention any terrorist group member that wants to. That’s the scary part that no one wants to even think about let alone speak about.

D-fusit on July 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Very true.

It hasn’t been reported in the US media (surprise!), but the violence in northern Mexico has rivaled that in Afghanistan or Iraq in some recent years. That border is now wide open for anyone to cross with any amount and type of weapons. Little kids with lice are the least of our problems right now.

bitsy on July 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Yep and YEP again! Well said, twice.

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

The whole border thing looks like Cloward-Piven. Overwhelm the system to create chaos to demand more socialism. We are definitely seeing our border systems overwhelmed. I don’t think the chaos has even begun.

bitsy on July 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Did the November 2012 polls close yet?

Yes?

Oh, I thought there was a point to this article.

antisense on July 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Go ahead and gloat, a-hole. You’ll be singing a different tune when the house of cards called the Obama Administration collapses.

zoyclem on July 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

The whole border thing looks like Cloward-Piven. Overwhelm the system to create chaos to demand more socialism. We are definitely seeing our border systems overwhelmed. I don’t think the chaos has even begun.

bitsy on July 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

It is partly that, exactly right. It is also Fast and Furious 2.0.

The entire game Obama was playing with F&F was to create a crisis, by giving arms to cartels and blaming the resulting violence on firearms dealers in the U.S. All so he could enact new sweeping gun control laws.

This border crisis is the exact same game. He and his DHS created the crisis in the first place. All so he can somehow justify taking unilateral action on amnesty.

Same exact game as Fast and Furious, just different players.

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

The only thing I really find interesting here is that these negative numbers are this high despite the MSM ignoring/burying/spinning these stories.

ROCnPhilly on July 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Just a quick video that sums up what’s happening in Iraq right now:

http://therightscoop.com/fantastic-bill-whittle-anti-war-democrats-are-losing-the-peace-in-iraq-just-like-they-did-in-vietnam/

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Just a quick video that sums up what’s happening in Iraq right now:

http://therightscoop.com/fantastic-bill-whittle-anti-war-democrats-are-losing-the-peace-in-iraq-just-like-they-did-in-vietnam/

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Yep, only the Democratics can lose a war retroactively.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

I have no use for the GOP as it has been constituted for the last 20 years. the fact that Boehner and McConnell remain “leaders” demonstrates that the GOP members in the house and Senate are nothing more than useful tools for the left.

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The Republicans taking over the senate would just be changing the name. The people are the same.

crankyoldlady on July 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

The GOP is a useless entity that deserves no votes from conservatives.

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

There is another way to look at it. We can see the Republicans taking over the senate as a first step. Conservatives can leverage Republicans to do the right thing. They’ll never get the Dems to do it.

crankyoldlady on July 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Conservatives can leverage Republicans to do the right thing. They’ll never get the Dems to do it.

crankyoldlady on July 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

What, in the history of the Republican party, makes you think that would work? I’m not finding fault or ridiculing you, but the history of the party seems to indicate otherwise.

I think the perfect example of the inability for Conservatives to make any inroads into the republican party is the Gang of Fourteen. McCain, whom I used to like, Graham, Chafee, Snowe, Collins, et al., absolutely torpedoed the Conservatives/conservative cause on judicial picks, and that piece of filth McCain and his Minnie Me Graham followed it up with the Gang of Eight.

Those people will never agree to go along with any conservative principles. Period.

USNCVN on July 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Just a quick video that sums up what’s happening in Iraq right now:

http://therightscoop.com/fantastic-bill-whittle-anti-war-democrats-are-losing-the-peace-in-iraq-just-like-they-did-in-vietnam/

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Great video!

USNCVN on July 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Poll: Public holds Obama responsible for border crisis, Iraq and the IRS scandal

…they must be republicans!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Is there a department not scandal-ridden under this regime? Can anyone think of one??

Sherman1864 on July 3, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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