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Clinton’s poll numbers falling faster than Obama’s

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Voters may tell pollsters that they believe the IRS scandal is more important than the Benghazi scandal, but Hillary Clinton’s approval rating is falling faster than President Obama’s.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll poll, 44 percent of voters see the IRS targeting of conservatives as the most important Obama scandal, compared to just 24 percent who chose Benghazi and 15 percent who picked the AP records seizure.

But while Obama is ultimately accountable for all three incidents, his approval has fallen only four points in the last month, from 48 percent who approves of his job as president at the beginning of this month to just 45 percent today.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State when terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens at an insufficiently secured facility in Benghazi, has seen her favorability fall from 61 percent in February, to just 52 percent today.

“The drop in her favorability is substantial among men, Republicans and independent voters,” Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown said. “One reason for her drop may be that 48 percent of voters blame her either a little or a lot for the death of the American ambassador in Benghazi,” Brown added.

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