Washington (CNN) - While President Barack Obama's overall approval rating appears to be holding steady, numbers from two new national polls on the trio of current controversies may give the White House cause for concern.
The surveys suggest increasing doubts about the administration's honesty and integrity as it deals with controversies over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party and other conservative groups who applied for tax exempt status, the administration's handling and reaction to last September's attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead, and the Justice Department's secret collection of journalists' phone records as part of a government investigation into classified leaks.
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According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Tuesday evening, the president's approval-disapproval rating stands at 48%-47%, basically unchanged from 47%-48% a month ago.
The president's numbers stand at 49%-46% in a Bloomberg National poll, which also released Tuesday night. The 49% approval rating is a 6-point drop for Obama since the last time Bloomberg polled on the president. But that previous survey was conducted back in February, when Obama's numbers arguably were inflated coming out of a second inauguration high.
A CNN Poll of Polls on the president's approval rating, which includes those two surveys and the latest numbers from Gallup's daily tracking poll puts Obama at 48%-46%, which is relatively unchanged over the past couple of months.
But the numbers beyond the topline tell a different story.
While Obama's overall approval rating is weathering the storm, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey indicates it has plunged among independent voters, from 37% in April to 28% now. And the poll also suggests a drop in Obama's numbers on presidential qualities, such as being a strong leader, being honest and straightforward, and changing the business-as-usual culture in Washington.
"The IRS has to operate with absolute integrity. The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. That's especially true for the IRS," Obama said last month as the IRS controversy was first making headlines.
But the controversy appears to be eroding public trust. Fifty-five percent of those questioned in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll say that the IRS episode is raising doubts about the Obama administration's honesty and integrity.
And 47% questioned in the Bloomberg poll say they don't believe the president when he said he didn't know that the IRS was targeting tea party and other conservative groups. Four in 10 say the president's being truthful. The 47% figure rises to 53% among independents.
The NBC/WSJ poll indicates that nearly six in 10 say the State Department's handling of terror attack in Benghazi and the Justice Department's subpoena of journalists' phone records raise doubts about the Obama administration's honesty and integrity.
But, according to the poll, a majority don't directly fault the president for any of the three controversies. That may be one reason why Obama's overall approval rating is holding steady. Another reason is that the economy continues to outweigh the three controversies in importance among Americans. And favorable or positive opinions of the economy, while still a minority, continue to edge up in the NBC/WSJ survey and other recent polls.
But the surveys suggest the president isn't out of the woods when it comes to these three controversies.
"The new polls seem to indicate that the president can survive these problems if nothing new is uncovered. But they also indicate weaknesses that could become serious concerns if another shoe falls in any of these stories, and House Republicans are making sure that they won't fade away on their own," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.