The Washington Times - May 20, 2013, 09:24AM

Republican lawmakers are often condemned by the press, framed as uncooperative aggressors - or worse. But not this week. Amazingly enough, the GOP has the backing of many Americans for their reactions to both the Benghazi terrorist attack and the the IRS investigation of conservative groups.

A few numbers from a CNN/ORC poll released Sunday:

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71 percent of Americans say IRS targeting of conservative groups about their tax-exempt status is “unacceptable”; 84 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats agree.

54 percent overall say Republicans are reacting “appropriately” to the IRS matter; 85 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats agree.

59 percent overall say the U.S. government could have prevented the Benghazi terrorist attacks; 75 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats agree.

59 percent say Republicans are reacting appropriately to the Benghazi situation; 88 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats agree.

Incidentally, 17 percent overall have a “great deal” of confidence in our system of government; 15 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of Democrats agree.

The poll of 923 U.S. adults was conducted May 17 and 18.