Majority approve of Holder contempt vote, but say it was political

Attorney General Eric Holder Attorney General Eric Holder Jacquelyn Martin/AP
A majority of Americans are just fine with the House vote last month to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, but an even bigger majority believe the vote was to "gain political advantage."

That's according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, in which 53 percent of respondents approved of the House's contempt vote last month, while 33 percent disapproved.

But when asked if the Republican-led investigation into Holder's role in the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme was to gain political advantage or because of "real ethical concerns," 61 percent said it was about the politics. Only 34 percent said it was actually about the ethics. So, Americans now approve of House votes that they also view as being largely political?

Another interesting tidbit: 31 percent of respondents said they've never heard of Holder. Another 31 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of Holder, 25 percent have a favorable opinion and 13 percent have no opinion.
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