The majority of 1,000 likely American voters who participated in a recent survey say the IRS broke the law when it targeted the Tea Party, but few expect punishment
Fifty-three percent said they think the IRS broke the law when it targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups, but 24 percent disagree and 23 percent are not sure.
Just 17 percent believe it is even "somewhat likely" that criminal charges will be brought against any government employees for the IRS' targeting of these groups, while 74 percent consider criminal charges unlikely, including 27 percent who say they are "not at all likely."
Thirty-five percent think someone at IRS headquarters made the decision to target conservative groups, while 44 percent believe orders came from somebody who works in the White House and 20 percent are not sure.
In mid-July, 26 percent said the decision to target the conservative groups was made by someone at IRS headquarters, while 40 percent said it came from someone at the White House and 19 percent accepted the IRS' original claim that the decision was made by low-level employees in Cincinnati.
Fifty-eight percent think it's likely that President Obama or his top aides were aware of the IRS' rogue activity, with 39 percent who say it's "very Likely" but 33 percent still consider it unlikely that the president or any of his top aides were aware of what the IRS was up to, including 13 percent who say it is "not at all likely."