Majority Believe IRS Agents Who Targeted Tea Party Should Be Thrown in Jail

Katie Pavlich

5/15/2013 11:23:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

If you don't pay your taxes, you go to jail and now, the majority of likely voters want to see the IRS agents who inappropriately targeted the Tea Party thrown in jail. More from Rasmussen Reports:

Only seven percent (7%) of voters believe no disciplinary action should be taken against the IRS employees involved in the investigations. Twenty-nine percent (29%) feel they should be formally reprimanded. But most (57%) think those involved should be jailed or fired, with 16% who say they should be put in jail and 41% who believe they should be fired.

On the issue of political motivation behind the targeting, a majority believes this was in fact political with 55 percent thinking President Obama had some kind of knowledge about the situation before news reports surfaced. President Obama has claimed he only found out about the targeted through news reports last Friday.

Just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the IRS investigations of these groups were a coincidence, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-seven percent (57%) think the investigations were politically motivated. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure.

Fifty-five percent (55%) think it is at least somewhat likely that President Obama or his top aides were aware that Tea Party and other conservative groups were targeted by the IRS. Thirty-four percent (34%) consider that unlikely. This includes 36% who believe it is Very Likely the president or his top aides knew of the investigations and 13% who feel it is Not At All Likely. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.