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National Security Brief: Poll Finds Americans Aren’t Buying GOP Benghazi Witch-Hunt

Posted by on May. 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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Public Policy Polling released a poll on Monday finding that more Americans trust former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Republicans over the GOP-ginned up Benghazi controversy.

Forty-nine percent trust Clinton, versus 39 percent for Republicans. Meanwhile, PPP finds, “Congressional Republicans remain very unpopular with a 36/57 favorability rating.” Americans also think Congress should be focusing on more pressing issues such as immigration reform and gun control:

Voters think Congress should be more focused on other major issues right now rather than Benghazi. By a 56/38 margin they say passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill is more important than continuing to focus on Benghazi, and by a 52/43 spread they think passing a bill requiring background checks for all gun sales should be a higher priority.

A whopping 41 percent of Republicans polled think the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi is the greatest scandal in U.S. history. “One interesting thing about the voters who think Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history,” PPP adds, “is that 39% of them don’t actually know where it is. 10% think it’s in Egypt, 9% in Iran, 6% in Cuba, 5% in Syria, 4% in Iraq, and 1% each in North Korea and Liberia with 4% not willing to venture a guess.”

In other news:

  • Reuters reports: A video of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into is emblematic of a civil war that has rapidly descended into sectarian hatred and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The BBC has more.
  • The Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank, said in a report released on Monday that the Pentagon could save $1 trillion over the next ten years without eroding combat capabilities — or double the amount of cutsmandated under sequestration.
  • The Washington Post reports: After failing to halt Iran’s nuclear advances with harsh economic sanctions, a group of U.S. lawmakers and analysts is proposing a more drastic remedy: cutting off Iran entirely from world oil markets.
  • McClatchy reports: Disagreements among the countries backing the rebels in Syria have led to a drop in weapons shipments, leaving rebels vulnerable to a government military offensive.


  • http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_National_51313.pdf
  • by on May. 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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    by Pepperlynn on May. 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    The Republican conspiracy over the terrorist attacks in Benghazi are alive and well. Their attempt to discredit Hillary Clinton leading into the 2016 presidential election doesn't look to be slowing down, but it doesn't seem to be resonating with the American people.

    A new poll released by Public Policy Polling on Monday shows that the American people trust Hillary Clinton over CongressionalRepublicans in respect to the situation in Benghazi. Among those polled, 49 percent trust Clinton compared to only 39 percent who trust Congressional Republicans. Clinton's favorability rating is still holding strong, as 52 percent are in favor of Clinton, while 44 percent oppose the former Secretary of State.

    The poll shows a sharp political divide on the situation in Benghazi. Forty-one percent of registered Republicans polled say that the Benghazi conspiracy is the "biggest political scandal in American history." While over 40 percent of conservatives say Benghazi is the worst scandal in history, only 10 percent of Democrats and 20 percent of registered independents agree. The paranoia among conservative voters goes even deeper, as over 70 percent of Republicans polled believe the situation in Benghazi is a worse political scandal than Watergate, the Teapot Dome and even Iran Contra.

    The PPP poll also notes some alarming news. Though Republican voters are in near hysteria over Benghazi, over 40 percent can't even name the country that it's in.

    "One interesting thing about the voters who think Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history is that 39% of them don't actually know where it is. 10% think it's in Egypt, 9% in Iran, 6% in Cuba, 5% in Syria, 4% in Iraq, and 1% each in North Korea and Liberia with 4% not willing to venture a guess."

    When asked during a press conference on Monday about Benghazi, President Obama called it a "side-show" and noted that the Republicans were just playing politics.

    denise3680
    by Gold Member on May. 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    surprise surprise.  I was saying this very thing in another thread where some refuse to see anything but a noose for President Obama.  Americans want to fix the crap storm here.  It is not that Benghazi is not important but we have alot of more pressing issues here to fix and focus on instead of trying to figure out why words, that would not have changed the incident, were not said two minutes after it happened:/ 

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    by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    LOL At least people know what the repubs are doing.Just like Whitewater there is no there there.Repubs paid for it then and they will pay for this.

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