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Poll: Who Will Pay a Political Price for the VA Scandal?

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Who is most likely to pay a political price for the VA scandal?

DEMOCRATS (93 VOTES)

Congressional Democrats: 15%
Congressional Republicans: 1%
President Obama: 41%
No one: 15%
Veterans Affairs Department: 28%

 

Congressional Democrats

"Barack Obama won't be on the ballot in November, so Democratic congressional candidates will pay the price for this mess, on top of the Obamacare mess."

"The one who accepts the bribe tends to take the fall more than the one who makes the offer."

 

"Just another brick in the wall for '14 Dems."

"Obama's dirt is falling on the Dems."

President Obama

"Everything that goes wrong in Washington is the president's fault, except when it's Hillary's fault. Isn't that true?"

 

"Voters really care about vets. It is a big issue, so voters will blame the big guy!"

"The Republicans are determined to discredit him at every chance they get."

"5 1/2 years, and no management oversight once again."

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"It happened on his watch, and he is the Velcro president."

No one

"Everyone will pay some cost, as it is a generation's problems."

"People have already moved on."

Veterans Affairs Department

"Anyone who knows a military family knows the VA has had big problems for decades."

"Sadly, the department has become the punch line."

"Credit goes uphill, blame rolls down."

 

Who is most likely to pay a political price for the VA scandal?

REPUBLICANS (89 VOTES)

Congressional Democrats: 26%
Congressional Republicans: 0%
President Obama: 61%
No one: 10%
Veterans Affairs Department: 3%

Congressional Democrats

"It is an administration failure, though the immediate losers will be congressional Dems in November."

"It's Obama's fault, but he's not on the ballot."

"It is the perfect follow-up story to Obamacare for Republicans."

President Obama

"The blame here lays squarely on the administration. Even congressional Democrats are on the attack."

"Benghazi, IRS, Obamacare website, Bergdahl, VA—does anyone notice a pattern here?"

"Big Government Mismanagement is bad for the Big Government President."

"You don't tug on Superman's cape, don't spit in the wind, and don't mess around with veterans."

No one

"The only people on the ballot in 2014 don't run the VA, so they will posture their way out of trouble."

"President looks good feigning outrage. Members look good embracing reforms that don't change much. Real reforms don't pass. VA remains untouched."

Veterans Affairs Department

"The VA really wears this one itself—others share responsibility but the department should have led the charge on this instead of being run over by it."

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This article appears in the June 14, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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