Poll: 76% Believe IRS Deliberately Destroyed Emails

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | June 25, 2014 | 12:15 PM EDT

More than three-quarters of Americans believed the Internal Revenue Service did not "lose" the emails that are the target of an Congressional investigation, with only 10% of Millennials (those aged under 35) believing the IRS' excuse that the emails were "accidentally destroyed." Just 12% of any age group believe they were "accidentally destroyed" with another 12% saying they are unsure, according to the survey conducted by Anderson Robbins and Shaw & Company Research.

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, headed by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) held a two part  hearing titled, "IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner's Missing Emails," Monday night and Tuesday morning. The hearings were the result of the IRS' announcement  two weeks ago that it had lost all emails from IRS officials to the Department of Justice, White House, the Treasury Department, and other official departments from January 2009 to April 2011 (the period Congress is investigating.)

It has emerged that not only are Lois Lerner's emails missing, but so are those of several other IRS officials that Congress was looking at - and all of the officials suffered hard drive "crashes" that have stymied Congress' attempt to get to the bottom of the IRS' deliberate targeting of conservative groups.

The age group most likely to believe that emails were "accidentally destroyed" were those aged 65 and above - but still, only 15% say they believe.

Results showed that the majority of Americans believe the emails were "deliberately destroyed" regardless of party affiliation, with 90% of Republicans, 74% of Independents and 63% of Democrats saying this.

74% say that Congress should keep investigating "until someone is held accountable," up 7% from April.

The poll was conducted by Anderson Robbins and Shaw & Company Research, an outside firm poll, for FOX News.