ABC-Washington Post Poll: Americans Support Benghazi Probe

Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 01:05 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A majority of Americans are in favor of an investigation of Benghazi by a House select committee, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Some 51 percent of those surveyed said they supported the probe into the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Another 42 percent said there is no need for further investigation.

The poll also found 50 percent of those polled disapprove of the way then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handled Benghazi and its aftermath. Some 37 percent said they approved of her performance.

The poll is significant in that Clinton is the presumed Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election and Benghazi — a hot button issue for Republicans — is seen as an issue she will have to confront.

A chapter dealing with Benghazi from Clinton's new memoir "Hard Choices" was leaked to Politico last week.

The poll also tackled the issue of immigration reform, with just 38 percent approving of President Barack Obama's handling of it.

Asked about the Affordable Care Act, only 39 percent approve of how the commander in chief has handled its implementation.

On Afghanistan, those polled were split, with 45 percent approving and 45 percent disapproving of his performance.

The telephone poll of 1,002 adults was conducted from May 29 to June 1 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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