One dismissive response to the news that the White House dangled jobs to try to get Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff to ditch Senate primary challenges in Pennsylvania and Colorado was, in effect, "duh," that administrations are political animals and of course practice politics, which is perfectly legal.

The other: No one outside the Beltway cares about this stuff.

Now comes a poll that casts doubt on the second statement. In a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics survey, a majority of respondents say that the attempts to budget Sestak and Romanoff were either "unethical" or "illegal." A plurality, 40 percent, said they were unethical but not against the law.