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Published by: CBS_News on May 23, 2014
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CBS NEWS POLL For release: Thursday, May 22
, 2014 6:30 pm The Veterans Administration Scandal
May 20-21, 2014  As pressure mounts, 45% of Americans think VA Secretary Erik Shinseki should have to resign over the scandal involving VA hospitals
 which include allegations that evidence of long wait times were hidden and patients may have died as a result.
31% don’t think
he should resign
, and 24% don’t know
. More Americans disapprove (45%) than approve (29%) of how President Obama is handling the controversy, though one in four d
 have an opinion.  As for who is most to blame for the scandal, 33% blame Shinseki, while 28% blame the local VA hospitals. Just 17% blame President Obama. 65% of Americans believe that VA hospitals deliberately hid evidence of long wait times at their facilities, and 62% think that these problems are widespread. Opinion of the VA among veterans remains more favorable (56%) than unfavorable (39%).  As pressure mounts on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, many Americans think Secretary Shinseki should have to resign over the recent scandal involving the VA. 45% think
Shinseki should have to resign, while 31% don’t think he should, and 24% don’t know enough to
say. Republicans (56%) are particularly likely to say Shinseki should resign.
Should Eric Shinseki Resign?
Total Reps Dems Ind Veterans Yes 45% 56% 36% 46% 42% No 31 23 39 30 38
Don’t know
 24 21 25 24 21
 Americans are also not particularly happy with Shinseki’s
Commander-in-Chief, President
Obama. More Americans disapprove (45%) than approve (29%) of President Obama’s handling
of the problems at VA hospitals. Disapproval rises to 71% among Republicans.
Barack Obama’s Handling
of the Problems at VA Hospitals
Total Reps Dems Ind Veterans  Approve 29% 13% 47% 26% 27% Disapprove 45 71 21 48 54
Don’t know
 25 16 32 26 19
 Americans are divided as to who they think is most to blame for the problems at Veterans  Administration medical facilities, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and the VA (33%) receive more blame than either local VA hospitals (28%) or President Barack Obama (17%).  About a qua
rter doesn’t have an opinion.
Who do You Blame Most for the Problems at the VA?
Total Reps Dems Inds Veterans Eric Shinseki and the VA 33% 31% 39% 30% 36% Local VA hospitals 28 20 30 30 29 Barack Obama 17 30 7 17 18
Don’t know
 23 19 23 23 17 65% of Americans and 61% of veterans think administrators at VA hospitals deliberately hid information about how long patients had to wait for medical care at these facilities. Among those who have heard or read a lot about the story, this rises to 76%.
Did VA Hospitals Deliberately Hide Long Wait Times?
Total Heard or read a lot Veterans Yes 65% 76% 61% No 16 12 19
Don’t know
 18 11 20 62% of Americans believe the problems involving VA medical facilities are widespread; just 23% think they are limited to a few isolated incidents. Those who have heard or read a lot are particularly likely to see the problem as widespread (75%), as are veterans (70%).
The Problems at VA Hospitals
Total Heard or read a lot Veterans Widespread 62% 75% 70%  A few isolated incidents 23 19 25
Don’t know
 15 6 6  Americans split as to the root cause of the long wait times for patients. 42% think the problems of long waiting times at Veterans Administration medical facilities are the result of not having enough resources to take care of patients, but
41% think it’s more a matter of these hospitals
not properly managing their resources. Republicans are more inclined than Democrats or independents to say the problems are more of a management issue.
Long Wait Times at VA Hospitals Are Mostly Due to…
Total Reps Dems Inds Veterans Not having adequate resources 42% 42% 42% 42% 44% Not properly managing resources 41 47 39 40 43
Other reason/don’t know
 17 11 20 18 12 Overall opinion of the Veterans Administration itself remains more positive than negative, though positive views have declined since last fall. 50% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Veterans Administration (an 18 point drop from the 68% favorable rating the Pew Research Center recorded in October 2013).
Veterans hold slightly more favorable views towards the VA than Americans overall. 56% of veterans view the VA favorably.
Opinion of the VA
Total Veterans Favorable 50% 56% Unfavorable 35 39
Don’t know
 15 5
 ____________________________________________________________________________________ This poll was conducted by telephone May 20-21, 2014 among 1,056 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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