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Rasmussen: Only 23% believe embassy sieges related to YouTube video
Hotair ^ | 09/24/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/24/2012 9:07:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

When a false narrative collapses, it tends to accelerate on the way down. Just eight days after UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday talk shows to insist that the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi and the murder of our ambassador resulted from a protest over a YouTube video that "spun out of control," only 23% of likely voters buy that argument in Rasmussen's latest poll. In fact, two-thirds think it was "very likely" a preplanned terrorist attack --- as evidence has begun to show:

Most voters think the recent protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East were pre-planned and not a reaction to an anti-Islamic video on YouTube. They also believe overwhelmingly that terrorists are likely to have been involved in the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters feel that the recent embassy protests largely have been planned in advance. Just 23% think they were spontaneous reactions to the anti-Islamic video. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of military veterans and 54% of those who have not served in uniform agree that the protests mostly have been planned in advance. But there’s a partisan gap as there is on most questions this election year: 79% of Republicans and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party believe the protests were pre-planned, but Democrats are almost evenly divided.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of all voters believe it is likely that terrorists were involved in the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya, with 65% who think it is Very Likely. Just six percent (6%) say terrorist involvement in the ambassador’s murder is not very or Not At All Likely.

A peek at the internals is instructive. Only one demographic has a majority which backs the Obama administration’s original spin on this story — the political class, with 50% agreeing that the embassy attacks are spontaneous and prompted by the video. Only 37% of Democrats buy that explanation; every other demographic except black voters (37/40), liberals (38/38), and those unsure of their ideology (22/34) and unsure of their military experience (!) (37/44) have majorities or pluralities rejecting the initial White House explanation.

As for all of the statements made by the Obama administration and State Department over the YouTube video, a poll one week ago showed only 15% of voters impressed with that effort — while the White House spin still dominated the media coverage:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is more important for the United States to guarantee freedom of speech. Only 15% consider it more important for the United States to make sure that nothing is done to offend other nations and cultures. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.

Sizable majorities feel this way across partisan, age, religious and other demographic categories.

The majority (58%) of all voters also continues to believe the United States should leave things alone in the Islamic world. Twenty-five percent (25%) disagree and think America should do more to encourage the growth of democracy in Islamic nations. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

Adding it all up, it shows that voters don’t think the Obama administration’s response adds up. And if 85% of likely voters believe that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack, the White House will have to answer the questions that flow from that conclusion — which is why they weren’t prepared for it on the anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; embassy; rasmussen; siege

1 posted on 09/24/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s the percentage of people registered as democrats...around 23% isn’t it?


2 posted on 09/24/2012 9:09:00 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

If you don’t know what the problem is, how do you solve it?


3 posted on 09/24/2012 9:09:51 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I thought it would probably be the Muslims


4 posted on 09/24/2012 9:10:38 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

Yet Rasmussen has Obama ahead by a point.


5 posted on 09/24/2012 9:10:47 AM PDT by tatown ( FUMD, FUAC, and FUGB)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s 23 % that are stupid or Democrat liberals that are mentally ill.


6 posted on 09/24/2012 9:11:11 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters feel that the recent embassy protests largely have been planned in advance. Just 23% think they were spontaneous reactions to the anti-Islamic video.

Romney should pound this in ads and in at least one of the debates.Mitt's gotta take off the gloves here (no pun intended).

7 posted on 09/24/2012 9:11:12 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting.


8 posted on 09/24/2012 9:14:16 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I think the # of registered Dems is closer to 45% but the number that self-identify as liberals is in th low 30s.


9 posted on 09/24/2012 9:15:27 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - 1984)
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To: Logical me

“He wouldn’t have been elected if he weren’t morally and intellectually superior”...

IOW, getting elected means that he’s beyond reproach, to leftist sheeperals.


10 posted on 09/24/2012 9:15:39 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Logical me
That’s 23 % that are stupid or Democrat liberals that are mentally ill.

Why do you repeat yourself?

11 posted on 09/24/2012 9:22:27 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ras today has Zero with a big lead in MI. Sigh. First he has PA 8 points off of the two most recent polls, now MI way off of the last two. Wonder what’s going on?


12 posted on 09/24/2012 9:33:00 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: SeekAndFind

Which means there are voters who KNOW it’s a false narrative and will still vote for Obama. Disgusting.


13 posted on 09/24/2012 9:38:01 AM PDT by golas1964 (Obama must be defeated in 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hopefully this is indicative of the ability of most Americans to filter out the b.s. from the media.


14 posted on 09/24/2012 9:38:53 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: SeekAndFind

So the question is, do the 77% of the people that knew better feel comfortable with an administration that can stand in front of a camera and lie through their freaking teeth???


15 posted on 09/24/2012 9:39:11 AM PDT by BobinIL
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To: SeekAndFind
That's a pretty large percentage of uninformed morons and/or liars.

ME protests: the hardline 'tele-Islamist' who brought anti-Islam film to Muslim world's attention

...but nobody had paid attention to its crude libels against the Prophet Mohammed until Mr Abdullah's show broadcast clips from it last weekend,... - Sept. 8-9

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Egypt intelligence warns (on Sept 4th) of attacks on Israel, US embassies

Congress was warned about Libya last month

Libyan president: 'No doubt' attack 'preplanned' (Magariaf on Face the Nation)

"It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival," Magariaf said.

No demonstration before attack on US Consulate, source says

"The intelligence source said no protests were happening before the attackers struck at about 9:35 p.m. local time last Tuesday. The account backs up claims by a purported Libyan security guard who told McClatchy Newspapers late last week that the area was quiet before the attack."

Source: Slain ambassador Stevens said he was on al Qaeda list

WASHINGTON - In the months leading up to his death, Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, worried about constant security threats in Benghazi and mentioned that his name was on an al Qaeda hit list, a source familiar with his thinking told CNN.

Report: Never an Anti-American Protest in Benghazi, Only a Planned Attack (CBS Video Report)

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(Ambassador) RICE: -- "was a result, a direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the US government had nothing to do with,..."

U.S. denies premeditation report

"The Obama administration is flatly denying a blaring British newspaper report that the U.S. diplomats in Libya were killed as a result of a “continuing security breach,” and that “credible information” about possible attacks had been ignored. A U.S. official told POLITICO: “There's no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated.”"

Obama and Hillary Apologize for Free Speech on Pakistani TV (taxpayer-funded ads)

No doubt about it. There is no intelligence in the 0bama administration.

16 posted on 09/24/2012 9:56:24 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: SeekAndFind

Alternate Headline:

Rasmussen: Nearly 1 in 4 Americans is an Idiot!


17 posted on 09/24/2012 10:03:53 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Personal Responsibility

thanks...


18 posted on 09/24/2012 10:12:36 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: LS; ncalburt

ncalburt claims that Ras is using 2008 turnout models for State races.


19 posted on 09/24/2012 10:30:10 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: SeekAndFind

So this poll shows 23% are idiots, a fairly low number considering. lol


20 posted on 09/24/2012 10:42:35 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Rasmussen: Only 23% believe embassy sieges related to YouTube video”

The video was the excuse for the embassy attacks but they were obviously planned.

The other thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is that if embassy attacks are the best the Islamowhackos can do then they are pretty much impotent and can no longer pose a threat here...maybe.


21 posted on 09/24/2012 11:02:00 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: Perdogg

I believe it. BTW, our Montgomery Co. Call center (OH) made more calls than any in the nation, save 1 .


22 posted on 09/24/2012 11:52:40 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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