Skip to comments.Pew Poll: Benghazi Investigation Does Not Reignite Broad Public Interest
Posted on 05/14/2013 2:18:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The public paid limited attention to last weeks congressional hearings on Benghazi. Fewer than half (44%) of Americans say they are following the hearings very or fairly closely, virtually unchanged from late January when Hillary Clinton testified. Last October, 61% said they were following the early stages of the investigation at least fairly closely.
The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted May 9-12 among 1,000 adults, finds that Americans are deeply split over how both the administration and congressional Republicans are handling the situation. Four-in-ten (40%) say the Obama administration has generally been dishonest when it comes to providing information about the Benghazi attack, but 37% say they have been generally honest. And when it comes to the GOP-led investigation, 36% say Republicans have gone too far in the hearings, while 34% say they have handled them appropriately.
Not surprisingly, these reactions divide cleanly along partisan lines. Among Republicans, 70% say the Obama administration has been dishonest and 65% say the hearings have been handled appropriately. Among Democrats, 60% say the hearings have gone too far, and 62% say the administration has been honest.
The judgment of independents leans against the administration at this point: By a 48% to 30% margin independents say the administration has been generally dishonest. But independents are split when it comes to Republican handling of the hearings.
Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats (36% vs. 18%) to be following news about the Benghazi hearings very closely. This mirrors earlier measures of interest in the Benghazi situation dating back to last year. Republicans also are critical of what they see as insufficient press attention to the issue: 51% of Republicans say that news organizations have been giving too little coverage to the Benghazi hearings, compared with 26% of Democrats and 33% of independents.
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I can hear it now behind WH closed doors:
"I'm no drama Obama - the people are stupid and will forget and my buddies, the media, will put on a show and then move on. We're used to the drill.
A citizenry that would re-elect a failure like Barack Obama is not very likely to be overly concerned about the murder and cover-up of 4 Americans.
I can’t be bothered with this, I just heard that Angela Jollie had surgery and replaced her boobs. Who cares about Benghazi, get over it. $#1# happens. s/ s/
The country is gone. Low-information voters have overtaken the country.
How can anybody say ZERO has been honest?
The Rats are clueless and lying to themselves.
Does Pew take into consideration that if the Obama-protecting media isn’t paying much attention to the Benghazi investigation that it’s no surprise that there is little public interest in Benghazi?
Pew demanding that we respond to what they think is important and what is not.
But if it's a drip, drip, drip over time the junk will slowly seep into the public consciousness.
FNC and (the hard to get) CSPAN3 were the only ones to cover the hearing live, ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN/MSNBC barely mentioned it, if they did at all. Double DUH!
Methinks PEW is just trying to put the icing on the cake they made.
Amen. That's the majority of the electorate.
It would help if conservative media personalities would quit referring to it as 4 dead Americans, as if they were on a hiking trip, or they were CIA, knowing there would have a lack of assistance.
It’s not Benghazi, it’s Our Embassy in Benghazi or Libya, and our embassy people.
These are low info people!!
Polls are for idiots that need other people to tell them what to think. I do NOT need the PEW people to tell me what I am interested in. If however they want to make themselves useful, I need the back 2 acres bush hogged.
Prosecuting those who commit treason does not require good polling numbers or the attention of the unwashed..(as in liberal scum).
I think the only thing that’s going to get traction on Benghazi is impeachment hearings.
I’m surprised 44% are paying attention. That’s pretty broad. When I think limited, single digit or teen percentages are what come to mind.
What Good Fortune for the State that people do not think!
Adolph Hitler - 1933
That's why the Founding States established the Electoral College and put the Senate under the control of state legislatures.
Of course not when more important events, such as who will be the new AI judges dominate the headlines. If the Pubies keep up with these bland "don't blame anyone specific" hearings, they better watch out or the Libs will turn things around and have the public believe it was the Tea Party extremists who attacked the consulate in Benghazi and committed the murders.
Wonder what the polls said during the Watergate hearings? Oh, that’s right. There WERE none. It was just assumed that the American people hated Nixon as badly as the East Coast elitist press did, and were panting eagerly for his downfall.
The people deserve the government they have. They will cry bloody murder after the country goes down the toilet completely.
“The country is gone. Low-information voters have overtaken the country.”
They want to make sure by “importing” 30 or 40 million low IQ Beaners from South of the Border. That will finish us off permanently.
Pew is a propaganda arm of the rat party. It has been involved in manipulative polls to sway public opinion and policy.
We just need some hottie in a halter top to come forward to testify...
The kind of person who would vote for a democrat does not care that those soldiers and diplomats were killed in Benghazi. They do not care that our embassy was attacked and they most likely do not care that Obama was sending arms to Al Queda. They also don’t care about, or even agree with the IRS’ targeting of conservatives. The democrat voter shares no values with a traditional american and they outnumber us. Does anyone really think we can continue to share a country with these people?
The left would love for you to succumb and fall for that lie, my friend. They'd love nothing better for you and I to give up and let them have their way, before the real battle has even begun.
They can't beat us with sheer numbers, the law, facts, reason, or force. They have to use subtle mind control to get us to lie down on our own. Don't let them beat you into submission that way.
Remember all the celebrity tweets condemning the video maker who supposedly caused Benghazi?
Where are those dumb asses now retracting their asinine comments and condemning the zerO administration?
Does anyone doubt that pew is a communist outfit that is washing dollars from soros?
I'd say we're in very strong territory to get the job done when you consider that ONLY 30% of Americans favored fighting the British at the onset of the American revolution.
Unfortunately, there are always more "I don't want to get involved" types than there are "DOERS"
This is what has ALWAYS separated the "JUNIORS" from the "SENIORS."
Where’s our Francisco Franco when he’s needed?
These manipulators behind the screen that is Washington, D.C. are as evil as the communists who had slipped into Madrid to run the show.
The hearings were on C-SPAN 3, which is carried by very few cable systems. Yes, you could watch it online, but the coverage on cable systems was very small.
The “public” doesn’t give a hoot, but many people do care, especially the family members of those killed in Benghazi.
If the investigation of the murders in Libya had gotten half the attention of the Boston Marathon incident we’d have Obama’s people at least in front of Congress by now.
Why would anyone ever respond to any “poll” for free, except to FReep one?
Count Drudge clicks, for a more representative sample of public interest.....LOL!
Once the press starts taking an interest in Benghazi, the public will follow...
Status: This quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. Comments: This quotation seems to have originated in an article of the same title on PicktheBusiness.com. It is an accurate paraphrase of Jefferson's views on education, but the exact phrasing seems to belong to the author of the article, and not Jefferson. The article title appears to have been mistaken by others as a direct quotation from Jefferson's 1816 letter to Charles Yancey, which is mentioned in the article, but the exact quotation does not appear in that letter or in any other known Jefferson writings.
- Anna Berkes, March 30, 2010; revised August 24, 2011
Bump to that!
Not bad since 50% of Americans have no idea what, where or in which universe Benghazi exists.
America has turned into one massive special-ed class.