Fox News Poll: Majority Think Obama, Clinton Deceitful on Benghazi

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:26 PM

By Greg Richter

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Most registered voters think the Obama administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were deceitful in their handling of the Benghazi aftermath, according to a Fox News poll.

But they also think Republicans are being political in their investigation rather than trying to get to the truth.

In the poll conducted jointly by Republican and Democratic polling firms, 54 percent said they believe the administration has been deceitful on Benghazi. Fifty percent believe Clinton was.

Also, 51 percent said they believe the administration lied to improve President Barack Obama's re-election chances.

The attacks on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, less than two months before the election that was seen as neck-and-neck between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

Despite evidence that the attacks were terrorist-related, the administration continued to push a story that they were an outgrowth of a spontaneous protest over an anti-Muslim YouTube video produced in the United States.

Of Democrats polled, 25 percent believe the administration lied about the attacks and 23 percent believe the purpose was to help Obama's re-election.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner appointed a select committee to investigate Benghazi after a previously unreleased email from a White House staffer emerged on April 29. That email, from White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, urged then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the video in Sunday show appearances even though CIA talking points do not mention it as the cause.

Those polled approved of the appointment of the select committee by 67-28 percent. Even 55 percent of Democrats polled agreed with the decision.

Still, those polled, including Republicans, see the investigation as politically motivated. Sixty-three percent believe the GOP has a political agenda. And 38 of Republicans polled agree.

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