Americans Split on Whether White House Ordered IRS Targeting

The controversy has lowered President Obama's approval rating.

Posted: 06/18/2013 10:53 AM EDT

More Americans believe that the White House ordered IRS targeting against conservative political groups, according to new data from a CNN/ORC International survey.

Forty-seven percent believe the White House was involved, while 49 percent think the IRS agents acted on their own, showcasing a split in opinion from Americans. The poll was taken from June 11-13.

In May, only 37 percent of Americans thought the White House had ties to the IRS scandal.

The controversy surrounding the White House has brought President Obama’s approval rating down. Obama says he was kept in the dark and has denied that his administration had any involvement.

Interviews with current IRS workers so far reveal no ties to top White House officials, according to CNN, which spoke to congressional sources. 

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