Skip to comments.Rasmussen: Only 23% believe embassy sieges related to YouTube video
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 theres 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 ambassadors 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.
What’s the percentage of people registered as democrats...around 23% isn’t it?
If you don’t know what the problem is, how do you solve it?
I thought it would probably be the Muslims
Yet Rasmussen has Obama ahead by a point.
That’s 23 % that are stupid or Democrat liberals that are mentally ill.
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).
I think the # of registered Dems is closer to 45% but the number that self-identify as liberals is in th low 30s.
“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.
Why do you repeat yourself?
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?
Which means there are voters who KNOW it’s a false narrative and will still vote for Obama. Disgusting.
Hopefully this is indicative of the ability of most Americans to filter out the b.s. from the media.
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???
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
"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.
"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."
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.
(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,..."
"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."
No doubt about it. There is no intelligence in the 0bama administration.
Rasmussen: Nearly 1 in 4 Americans is an Idiot!
ncalburt claims that Ras is using 2008 turnout models for State races.
So this poll shows 23% are idiots, a fairly low number considering. lol