A springtime of political turmoil has heightened public doubts about the Obama administration, but had only a modest impact so far on the president's standing, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.
The survey showed that simultaneous controversies over the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of Tea Party groups, Justice Department investigations of news leaks, and the Benghazi tragedy have taken a toll. In all three cases, solid majorities of American adults report increased doubt about "the overall honesty and integrity of the Obama administration."
Yet only a minority of Americans find Obama "totally" or "mainly" responsible for the problems. That helps explain why Obama's approval rating remains stable at 48 percent — statistically unchanged from 47 percent in April.