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Washington, DC (written by David Jackson/USA Today) -- A new poll finds a slim majority of Americans agree with the U.S. House decision last month to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress -- but even more think Republicans are playing politics.
A CNN/ORC International survey released Monday says that 53% of respondents approve of the GOP-run House contempt vote against Holder regarding a document dispute over the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling investigation.
But 61% also said that House Republicans are trying to gain a political advantage through the investigation and contempt citation, while 34% believe the GOP has real ethical concerns.
Also worth noting: 31% don't know who Attorney General Holder is.
Naturally, responses tend to fall along party lines -- as they often do in these kinds of cases.
CNN polling director Keating Holland said public opinion in the Holder matter "is identical to what it was when the shoe was on the other foot."
He added: "In 2007, when House Democrats were investigating the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys and the administration of Republican President George W. Bush was claiming executive privilege, Americans felt that the Republicans should answer all questions and that the Democrats were just trying to gain political advantage."
Also from CNN:
Fast and Furious, a discredited gun-running operation that was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has become a sharp point of contention between Democrats and Republicans. President Barack Obama has asserted executive privilege in the case, and Holder will not face criminal prosecution.
Nearly seven in 10 say the Obama administration should answer all questions, with 27% agreeing with the move to invoke executive privilege.
According to the survey, roughly three in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of Holder; only one in four have a positive view of him and 44% are unsure how they feel about the attorney general.