Here’s a look at a recent survey conducted with 1,000 likely American voters which shows voters Still consider NSA spying as the least serious scandal but most likely to linger.
Survey revealed 39 percent regard the NSA’s secret surveillance of Americans’ phone and e-mail communications as a serious scandal, down slightly from 43 percent two months ago, while 32 percent now think it’s an embarrassing situation but not a scandal and 21 percent say it’s no big deal.
Thirty percent now think the NSA story is the most likely of the four controversies involving the administration to still be a major news story a year from today, up from 26 percent in early July.
Twenty-six percent also think the administration’s handling of the situation in Benghazi, Libya where the U.S. ambassador was killed last fall will still be a major news story a year from today, but 13 percent expect the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups to still be around and 7 percent feel that way about the Justice Department’s targeting of reporters at the Associated Press and Fox News.
In May, prior to the disclosure of the controversial secret NSA program, 43 percent of voters said the White House’s handling of the Benghazi situation was the most likely to still be a major story in a year’s time, while 41 percent felt that way about the IRS’s targeting of conservative political groups and 10% believed the Justice Department’s subpoena of reporters’ phone records would still be a news issue.
Fifty percent of voters still consider the Benghazi and Justice Department controversies to be serious scandals, while 48 percent rate the IRS case as a serious scandal; 22 percent say it’s an embarrassing situation only and 23 percent feel it’s no big deal.
Twenty-four percent think Benghazi is an embarrassing situation only, while 13 percent think it’s no big deal.
Twenty-five percent feel the Justice Department probe of reporters is only an embarrassing situation but 16 percent say it’s no big deal.