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Pew Poll: Benghazi Investigation Does Not Reignite Broad Public Interest
Pew Research ^ | 05/14/2013

Posted on 05/14/2013 2:18:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The public paid limited attention to last week’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at people-press.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazicoverup; benghazigate; benghazipoll; propaganda; public

1 posted on 05/14/2013 2:18:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 05/14/2013 2:19:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Posted earlier...

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.

Next."

3 posted on 05/14/2013 2:20:26 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


4 posted on 05/14/2013 2:22:21 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: SeekAndFind

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/


5 posted on 05/14/2013 2:23:50 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods, Glenn Doherty and Sean Smith? Forgot already?)
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To: SeekAndFind
it certainly does with my daily morning coffee gang of experts in all things from foreign policy to social issues and absolutely brilliant in ACC sports.
6 posted on 05/14/2013 2:23:58 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The country is gone. Low-information voters have overtaken the country.


7 posted on 05/14/2013 2:24:16 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: SeekAndFind
it certainly does with my daily morning coffee gang of experts in all things from foreign policy to social issues and absolutely brilliant in ACC sports.
8 posted on 05/14/2013 2:24:23 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

MORONS!!!

How can anybody say ZERO has been honest?

The Rats are clueless and lying to themselves.


9 posted on 05/14/2013 2:25:18 PM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

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?


10 posted on 05/14/2013 2:25:33 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: SeekAndFind

Pew demanding that we respond to what they think is important and what is not.


11 posted on 05/14/2013 2:25:49 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: SeekAndFind
It was to be expected that the Benghazi thing wouldn't have caught on with the public yet.

But if it's a drip, drip, drip over time the junk will slowly seep into the public consciousness.

12 posted on 05/14/2013 2:26:42 PM PDT by what's up
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To: SeekAndFind
The "news" media are doing all they can to keep Benghazi out of their reporting and (liberal) PEW says the public is not paying attention? Well, DUH!!

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.

13 posted on 05/14/2013 2:26:54 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: woweeitsme
Low-information voters have overtaken the country.

Amen. That's the majority of the electorate.

14 posted on 05/14/2013 2:27:08 PM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

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!!


15 posted on 05/14/2013 2:28:52 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


16 posted on 05/14/2013 2:33:34 PM PDT by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prosecuting those who commit treason does not require good polling numbers or the attention of the unwashed..(as in liberal scum).


17 posted on 05/14/2013 2:34:10 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: diamond6

I think the only thing that’s going to get traction on Benghazi is impeachment hearings.


18 posted on 05/14/2013 2:34:16 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


19 posted on 05/14/2013 2:34:48 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“What Good Fortune for the State that people do not think!”

Adolph Hitler - 1933


20 posted on 05/14/2013 2:34:58 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: diamond6; All
Amen. That's the majority of the electorate.

That's why the Founding States established the Electoral College and put the Senate under the control of state legislatures.

21 posted on 05/14/2013 2:37:36 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: SeekAndFind
Pew Poll: Benghazi Investigation Does Not Reignite Broad Public Interest

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.

22 posted on 05/14/2013 2:40:53 PM PDT by varon (USA Nationalist)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


23 posted on 05/14/2013 2:41:12 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: SECURE AMERICA
Polls show that the majority of public are against Obamacare. And according to one poll, 42% of the public don't even know Obamacare was law.

The people deserve the government they have. They will cry bloody murder after the country goes down the toilet completely.

24 posted on 05/14/2013 2:43:55 PM PDT by kabar
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To: woweeitsme

“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.


25 posted on 05/14/2013 2:46:57 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind

Pew is a propaganda arm of the rat party. It has been involved in manipulative polls to sway public opinion and policy.

See this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1416913/posts


26 posted on 05/14/2013 2:47:13 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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We just need some hottie in a halter top to come forward to testify...


27 posted on 05/14/2013 2:50:10 PM PDT by bigbob
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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?


28 posted on 05/14/2013 2:53:09 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: woweeitsme
The country is gone. Low-information voters have overtaken the country.

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.

29 posted on 05/14/2013 2:55:10 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

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?
Phonies. Frauds.


30 posted on 05/14/2013 3:02:54 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone doubt that pew is a communist outfit that is washing dollars from soros?

LLS


31 posted on 05/14/2013 3:14:09 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SeekAndFind
IOW Pew is confirming that Osama Obama’s “deflect,deflect,deflect” strategy seems to be working.Mao...Stalin...Hitler...Alinsky...would be proud.
32 posted on 05/14/2013 3:22:39 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Zhang Fei
I’m surprised 44% are paying attention.

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."

33 posted on 05/14/2013 3:28:24 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: woweeitsme

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.


34 posted on 05/14/2013 3:45:33 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


35 posted on 05/14/2013 3:51:45 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


36 posted on 05/14/2013 4:04:41 PM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind
PEW who?
(I have never been polled by them, not that I would participate if they tried)

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!

37 posted on 05/14/2013 4:37:19 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Once the press starts taking an interest in Benghazi, the public will follow...


38 posted on 05/14/2013 5:00:32 PM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." attributed to Thomas Jefferson

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.[1] 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

http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/educated-citizenry-vital-requisite-our-survival-free-people-quotation

39 posted on 05/14/2013 6:22:40 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: KittenClaws
Prosecuting those who commit treason does not require good polling numbers or the attention of the unwashed.

Bump to that!

40 posted on 05/14/2013 6:27:52 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not bad since 50% of Americans have no idea what, where or in which universe Benghazi exists.


41 posted on 05/14/2013 6:37:12 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: SeekAndFind
Four typical American react to the question, "What are your thoughts on the Benghazi controversy? 1. "I don't care. I loves me some Barack, 'cause he gimme munny fum his stash!" 2. "Ben Gazzie? Oh yeah... that's the guy who got arrested with Reese Witherspoon!" 3. "<> Uhhhh.... what?" 4. "What's a B... OOOHHHH!!! LOOK! SHINYYYYYYY!!!!"
42 posted on 05/15/2013 8:27:54 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: SeekAndFind

America has turned into one massive special-ed class.


43 posted on 05/15/2013 8:30:35 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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