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New Benghazi Polling Doesn't Bode Well for Obama

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Is America buying the New York Times' explanation?

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, a man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. CIA officers who testified privately to Congress about the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, revealed a disagreement about how quickly they could help the besieged U.S. ambassador and others. That’s according to a congressman and others who heard or were briefed on the testimony. The CIA officers also revealed a standing order to avoid violent encounters. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File) AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File\n

At least a plurality of Americans believe that the Obama administration deliberately lied to the public about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack and that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mishandled the matter, according to a recent polls.

The Benghazi poll, conducted by YouGov, found 44 percent of the public thinks “the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people” when President Obama and other administration officials claimed it was prompted by an anti-Muslim YouTube video.

While some might think that the number is low, a quick look at the remaining percentages is revealing.

Another 30 percent do believe the administration provided information as it became available, while the remaining 25 percent were unsure.

A separate  Quinnipiac University poll, on a verity of matters, found a majority of 52 percent believe the administration deliberately misled the public about Benghazi.

(Source: YouGov.com)

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, were killed in the attack on Sept. 11, 2012.

In another question, a plurality of 46 percent believe Al Qaeda was behind the attack, even after a New York Times story challenged that that prevailing view.

The poll found that 40 percent disapproved of Clinton's handling of the attack. This compounds bad news for the likely 2016 frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination after the book by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates says she told Obama she only opposed the 2007 military surge in Iraq to get votes in the 2008 Democratic contest.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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