Poll: Most Think White House Hiding Something on Benghazi

Image: Poll: Most Think White House Hiding Something on Benghazi A vehicle is engulfed in flames inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 09:44 PM

By Greg Richter

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Most Americans believe the Obama administration hasn't been entirely forthcoming on what it knows about the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic installations in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, a New York Times/CBS News Poll shows.

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But most also believe Republicans are motivated by political reasons in their recent congressional probe of the attack. The poll found 53 percent think the White House is hiding something, while 34 pecent think it is mostly telling the truth. At the same time, 57 percent say the investigation is mostly the spurred by politics, while 33 percent believe it is motivated by finding out what happened.

How those polled feel about Benghazi fell along party lines. Eleven percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats think the White House is telling the truth. Thirty percent of independents believe the administration.

Seventy-seven percent of Republicans, 26 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents think it is hiding something.

Fifty-nine percent of Republicans think their party is just trying to find out what happened with its investigation. Democrats and independents aren't as trusting. Twelve percent of Democrats and 33 percent of independents think so.

Eighty-one percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents see politics behind the probes. Only 29 percent of Republicans do.

The poll also asked about same-sex marriage. Most people support same-sex marriage rights, but they also believe the matter should be left up to individual states and not the federal government.

According to the poll, 51 percent of respondents say it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry, while 44 percent believe it should not be legal. At the same time, most would put the decision in the hands of state governments. Sixty percent believe it should be a state issue, and 33 percent believe the federal government should have precedence in the matter.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear two cases on same-sex marriage this month, including the legality of California's ban on gay marriage.

On the terrorism front, half favor killing American citizens in other countries who are suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. Forty-three percent oppose it.

Fifty-eight percent favor keeping open the terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Only a third want it closed.

Other topics included in the poll:

• Fifty-seven percent think the U.S. is not prepared for cyber attacks, while 31 percent think it is prepared.

• Fifty-eight percent favor military action against Iran to prevent the country from getting nuclear capability. Thirty-seven percent oppose it.

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