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
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