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What Difference Does It Make? Hillary's Benghazi Numbers Not Good, But...

FILE - This June 2, 2014, file photo shows Hillary Clinton smiling during a meeting with community leaders after touring Intertech Plastics in Denver. The former Secretary of State said in an interview with ABC News Sunday, June 8, 2014, that she will decide whether to run for president again "when it feels right for me to decide." For now she says she is focused on promoting her new book and helping fellow Democrats in the mid-term elections in the fall. Clinton says potential Democratic rivals are free to choose what they would like to do. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File

On the eve of the release of her new book, a new poll found that half the country disapproves of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the Benghazi attacks, where four Americans were killed in September 2012.


But to apply Clinton's famous phrase, what difference at this point does it make?

The same Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 67 percent of Americans still believe she is a strong leader, and another 60 percent believe she is honest and trustworthy.

The Post suggested this indicates that Benghazi is not affecting her legacy as secretary of state.

The paper cited a comparative poll released in May 2006, two years before her 2008 presidential run. That poll found that 68 percent thought Clinton was a good leader, while 52 percent believed she was honest and trustworthy.

Clinton is still fending off questions about Benghazi, particularly as she prepares to travel the country promoting “Hard Choices.” In an interview with ABC's Dianne Sawyer set to air Monday, Clinton blamed the problems on people working under her.

Sawyer asked Clinton, “Is there anything you personally should have been doing to make it safer in Benghazi?”

Clinton responed, “Well, what I did was give very direct instructions that the people who have the expertise and experience in security.”

Sawyer followed, “But personally you?”

Clinton again deferred responsibility, saying, "I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be. That's why we hire people who have that expertise."

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