A new CNN/ORC International poll shows that President Barack Obama remains popular and a majority of Americans continue to think he is honest and has managed the government effectively, while the tea party movement got a boost after being targeted by the IRS.
The survey was taken last week after the IRS, Benghazi and Associated Press controversies marked one of the worst weeks for the White House. It asked if Obama is a strong leader, with 58% saying he is, a level he last reached just after the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
The tea party movement's overall favorable rating is up nine points to 37% since March; 45% hold an unfavorable view of the tea party, the poll shows.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination if she runs in 2016, continues to hold a favorable rating over 60%.
The survey, conducted May 17-18, has a sampling error of +/- 3 percentage po ints.
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