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Gallup: Americans' Attention to IRS, Benghazi Stories Below Average
Gallup ^ | 05/16/2013 | Frank Newport

Posted on 05/17/2013 11:35:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Slim majorities of Americans are very or somewhat closely following the situations involving the Internal Revenue Service (54%) and the congressional hearings on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and its aftermath (53%) -- comparatively low based on historical measures of other news stories over the last two decades.

These results are based on a May 14-15 Gallup poll. Despite extensive news coverage of these stories in recent days, the level of attention being paid to each is below the average 60% of Americans who have closely followed more than 200 news stories Gallup has measured over the past several decades. Additionally, Americans appear to be paying almost exactly the same levels of attention to both stories, despite the relative newness of the IRS story during the time in which this survey was in the field.

Republicans More Tuned In

Republicans are much more likely to say they are following these news stories closely than are independents or in particular Democrats. There is a 21-percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in terms of following the Benghazi story closely, and a 27-point gap on the IRS story.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; gallup; irs; lowinfovoters

1 posted on 05/17/2013 11:35:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind




The silver lining:

Most Americans agree that both of these situations are serious enough to warrant continuing investigation, with little difference in views of the two -- 74% for the IRS matter and 69% for Benghazi.

Americans place similar importance on these two issues despite the administration's appearing to give more weight to the IRS situation.
2 posted on 05/17/2013 11:37:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Gallup: Americans are stupider than we ever imagined.


3 posted on 05/17/2013 11:37:39 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s that 46% number again...


4 posted on 05/17/2013 11:38:21 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

The question is not how much attention the sheeple are giving to IRS, Benghazi, imo, but how much attention the corrupt, Obama-protecting media is giving to IRS, Benghazi.


5 posted on 05/17/2013 11:40:13 AM PDT by Amendment10
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To: SeekAndFind

Not surprising. I mean, they did vote for obama — twice.


6 posted on 05/17/2013 11:41:22 AM PDT by jersey117
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Out of work, crap economy, defeated, socialized... numb.


7 posted on 05/17/2013 11:42:46 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Nice to know comrade gallup is still keeping Goebbels going.

LLS

8 posted on 05/17/2013 11:43:02 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think more folks are paying attention than we actually know.

A caller in to Rush, today, said she voted for 0 in '08 (she's a single black mom with a Masters Degree) - not in '12. Asked when she realized "change" wasn't what it was supposed to be, she said at the beginning of this year and ESPECIALLY since the IRS/Benghazi/AP abuses have come to the surface.

Like someone said, here, earlier. These are GOV'T ABUSES and need to be called that - not scandals or *situations*.

Abuse affects everyone, regardless of political leanings.

9 posted on 05/17/2013 11:44:35 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: brownsfan

American proved their stupidity in 2008, reaffirmed it in 2012. I truly believe Ronald Reagan would have had trouble beating 0bama last year with the dumbing down of the American public, and the 24/7 propaganda effort by the socialist run media/entertainment complex.


10 posted on 05/17/2013 11:45:49 AM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look at the difference between Repubs and dems in the numbers paying attention to these important issues. Wow...

Can’t the dems take time out from ogling porn and devote a few minutes to learning something constructive?


11 posted on 05/17/2013 11:47:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: SeekAndFind

OK. 46% not following closely or at all. Would they be the 47% of “takers” mentioned by Mr. Romney? Hey, it’s only off by 1%, which is statistically insignificant, right?


12 posted on 05/17/2013 11:50:16 AM PDT by July4
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To: LibLieSlayer

” Nice to know comrade gallup is still keeping Goebbels going.”

Always.


13 posted on 05/17/2013 11:50:31 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Gallup to the rescue....


14 posted on 05/17/2013 11:50:51 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: SeekAndFind

Not very surprising. Bear in mind a large amount of the people not following, don’t follow ANYTHING. They don’t vote. They read celebrity magazines


15 posted on 05/17/2013 11:52:06 AM PDT by Viennacon (l)
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To: brownsfan

No, they are wrong but they will spend today giving democrats talking points for the weekend shows.

see, America doesn’t care, see you are over stating a simple mistake.

This cycle has gone on for a long, long time.


16 posted on 05/17/2013 11:53:01 AM PDT by edcoil (If you can't change the rules, then ignore them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t buy it.


17 posted on 05/17/2013 11:59:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: brownsfan

Everyone I talk to is watching and furious. What hole are they surveying?


18 posted on 05/17/2013 12:00:08 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s see if Americans become more interested in the IRS scandals when they have to give more of their health info to that same organization


19 posted on 05/17/2013 12:00:13 PM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: SeekAndFind

But they all know who won American Idol last night.


20 posted on 05/17/2013 12:01:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Calls were made to 0bamaphones.


21 posted on 05/17/2013 12:03:44 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: brownsfan

Gallup: Americans are stupider than we ever imagined.


Obama was elected..twice..so yeah that statement is accurate..remember this sad fact..as long as the IRS Scandal and Benghazi have nothing to do with people’s food stamps and welfare checks arriving on time than they wont give a crap about this


22 posted on 05/17/2013 12:04:33 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: henkster

“24/7 propaganda effort by the socialist run media/entertainment complex.”

The media is the vanguard of the enemy. This piece boasts of how well they do their jobs; hiding, obfuscating, and attacking those who would actually fight the embedded corruption.


23 posted on 05/17/2013 12:06:41 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: SeekAndFind

Below average?? Really?? It is because nobody in the LSM is talking about it — only Fox...


24 posted on 05/17/2013 12:16:54 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul in 2016)
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To: Jane Long

Actually....African-Americans have been used and abused by Obama on many fronts.....but, sadly, most of them do not have a clue!!! Biggest mistake they ever made was getting behind Obama and his minions for the most open and obvious reasons!!!


25 posted on 05/17/2013 12:17:27 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t care. Wrong is wrong, and wrong should pay when they are wrong. It’s only right.


26 posted on 05/17/2013 12:21:30 PM PDT by vpintheak (We are the chosen few! Be thankful for it!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Stupid voters aren’t paying attention. Oh well.

But avoiding PRISON is a great motivator.

There will be lots of motion as people try to arrange not to be the guy who goes to PRISON.


27 posted on 05/17/2013 12:23:24 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (WHO IS ON THE ENEMIES LIST?)
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To: July4

Meh, Wendy Williams is on....


28 posted on 05/17/2013 12:26:20 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: SeekAndFind

These scandals are rapidly growing in the publics eye. Just last week PEW RESEARCH polling indicated serious interest among Americans in the mid 40’s.


29 posted on 05/17/2013 12:28:45 PM PDT by billyboy15
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To: Gene Eric

“Out of work, crap economy, defeated, socialized... numb.”

And don’t believe that anything will ever be done about any of it.


30 posted on 05/17/2013 12:30:19 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: dfwgator

I have a friend who is a Republican/conservative.......but tv is her life, crap that I don’t even know exists let alone would watch. She thinks she ‘knows what is going on’ because she watches the news every night. She would fall into that 46% category. I would bet there are millions of others who would too. Not everyone is a political junkie, even though they should be. That is why the govt gets away with the crap they do.


31 posted on 05/17/2013 12:31:02 PM PDT by sheana
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To: SeekAndFind
This poll can't be true American Idol is at it's all time low.
This is more to do with forming public opinion of those who are I.Q. challenged.
32 posted on 05/17/2013 12:34:12 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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RE: Just last week PEW RESEARCH polling indicated serious interest among Americans in the mid 40’s.

Well this Gallup poll is even better. 53 to 54% of Americans are actually taking interested in the IRS and Benghazi issues.

As for the other 46% to 47%... what to say -— there’s that 47% number again... the ones Romney gave up on and the ones who aren’t paying taxes.

Those Americans will always be an albatross on this nation’s neck.


33 posted on 05/17/2013 12:48:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Sad. This has NO traction. None. GOP blowing it.


34 posted on 05/17/2013 12:59:00 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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RE: GOP blowing it.

What do you suggest they do that they aren’t already doing?


35 posted on 05/17/2013 1:03:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The IRS story broke on Friday, 10 May. Friday stories are notorious for not getting much attention, and this one was not more than a brief acknowledgement that there was some truth to the claim that Tea Party groups had been marked for extra questioning.

This poll was then conducted the next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, after only a few days, including a weekend. For perspective, it was not until Wednesday evening that Obama got on the TV over the scandal. That means the attention that such an appearance might draw came after many of the poll respondents had already been contacted. That is not a lot of time for the story to spread, and still 54% were somewhat or very interested in following the story. That 54% was characterized by Gallup as “well below average” which they say is 60% for other stories over the last few decades. Nonsense spin.

Yet, after only those few days 74% said there should be more investigation of what happened.

This story can easily be expanded and extended.


36 posted on 05/17/2013 1:04:22 PM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: SeekAndFind

73% are tuned in on Fantasy Baseball
81% are tuned in on Brittney Spears’ plans to have another baby
85% are tuned in on analysis of the latest Star Trek movie
93% are tuned in on American Idol results


37 posted on 05/17/2013 1:18:32 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

snort...


38 posted on 05/17/2013 1:25:13 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Sheesh, where are you getting these numbers from? GALLUP?


39 posted on 05/17/2013 1:59:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: MestaMachine

Certainly not by the Marxists currently in power.

I can envision a revolution, however. Sarah Palin came close to delivering one but it still might require her male counterpart.


40 posted on 05/17/2013 2:08:41 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Garbage poll. What do Likely Voters think and are they paying attention?


41 posted on 05/17/2013 2:45:26 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Gene Eric

Apathetic...(you forgot this one...;-)


42 posted on 05/19/2013 2:35:17 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just like their IQ’s


43 posted on 05/19/2013 3:18:54 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder, how many were paying attention to Watergate when it first broke.


44 posted on 05/19/2013 7:06:22 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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45 posted on 05/19/2013 11:13:54 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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