The Washington Times - May 19, 2013, 10:27AM

Barack Obama may have had one of the roughest weeks of his presidency, but a new CNN poll released Sunday indicates that the IRS, AP and Benghazi scandals haven’t dragged down the president’s approval rating.

The president’s 53 percent approval rating is essentially unchanged after a week of bad news. Still, the poll also shows that 54 percent of Americans support the Republicans who are leading Capitol Hill inquiries into the controversies.

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The poll indicates most Americans are satisfied with the White House response so far.

Six in 10 say that Mr. Obama’s remarks on the IRS scandal have been completely true or mostly true, and 55 percent say the IRS employees who targeted conservative groups were acting on their own — not under orders from the White House.

The survey of 923 adult Americans was conducted by telephone Friday and Saturday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.