The Washington Times - May 30, 2013, 09:00AM

Americans overwhelming want a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party and other conservative groups, a new poll says.

Results of a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday shows that 76 percent of American voters say a special prosecutor should be appointed to look into the IRS case, while only 16 percent of voters disagree.

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Among Republican voters, 88 percent support an independent prosecutor to the probe, while 6 percent don’t. Independent voters support the move 78 percent to 17 percent, the poll says.

Support for a special prosecutor is strong even among Democrats, 63 percent supporting such a move while only 30 percent don’t.

“Voters apparently don’t like the idea of Attorney General Eric Holder investigating the matter himself, perhaps because they don’t exactly think highly of him,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll showed only 23 percent of Americans say Mr. Holder is doing a good job, while 39 disapprove of his performance.

In comparing the IRS scandal to two other national controversies — the Obama administration’s handing of last year’s deadly attack of a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, and the Justice Department’s reported spying of The Associated Press — Quinnipiac found that 44 percent of voters say the IRS probe is the most important. Twenty-four percent of voters cited Benghazi as the most important of three, while and 15 percent picked the AP records seizure.

But 73 percent of survey respondents said that dealing with the economy and unemployment is a higher priority than investigating the three issues.

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