A new CNN/ORC International poll indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating, now at 53%, has remained essentially unchanged even after the events of last week.
But most Americans take very seriously all three concerns that dominated the news -- Benghazi, the IRS scandal, and the subpoena of Associated Press phone records -- and most say that Republicans in Congress have not overreacted so far.
A majority of respondents say that they are dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled Benghazi, and a majority finds the actions by the IRS and the Justice Department to be unacceptable.
But a majority also appears to believe the White House message on those topics.
Six in 10 say that Obama's public comments about the IRS have been completely true or mostly true and 55% say that the IRS employees who targeted conservative groups were acting on their own, not under orders from the White House.
Only 44% believe that the administration's controversial talking points on Benghazi were an attempt to intentionally mislead the public.
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