Attack on U.S. mission in Benghazi
June 16th, 2014
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority dissatisfied with handling of Benghazi

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(CNN) – Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a new poll shows.

The CNN/ORC International poll released on Monday indicates only 37% are satisfied with the administration’s response to the September 2012 assault that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.

Republicans have been strident in their criticism of the slow-to-evolve explanation of what happened in Benghazi, first said to be linked to demonstrations over an anti-Muslim film produced in the United States. That proved untrue.

The administration also has come under scrutiny over security arrangements at the consulate before the attack and its response to the armed assault by militants as it was happening.

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The issue has been a major point of attack against Hillary Clinton, who oversaw the State Department at the time and ultimately took responsibility for the safety of diplomatic personnel.

As she weighs another presidential bid, she faces continued questions and criticism from her political opponents about Benghazi.

Despite the political offense mounted against her, Clinton still fares slightly better than the administration in terms of public opinion, according to the survey. Forty-three percent are satisfied with her role in the matter, while 55% have a negative view.

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Sixty-one percent of Americans surveyed think the administration has generally been dishonest in providing information about Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack.

“That may be one reason why overall dissatisfaction with the White House has gone from 50% in 2012 to 60% now,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Congress has launched multiple investigations to review the matter, and Clinton appeared for hearings on Capitol Hill last year.

In her new book, “Hard Choices,” Clinton bashed her critics for trying to launch a “political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans."

She also casts doubt about her participation in the latest congressional investigation, which involves the formation of a new House Republican select committee focused on the issue.

"It's just plain wrong, and it's unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me,” she writes.

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According to the poll, the public is divided on whether Republicans have been too aggressive in their probe. Forty-eight percent say the hearings have been handled appropriately, while 44% say the GOP has gone too far.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International May 29-June 1, before the rollout of Clinton's new memoir. In the survey, 1,003 adults nationwide were questioned by telephone. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN’s Ashley Killough and Dan Merica contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • CNN/ORC International poll • Hillary Clinton • Libya • Polls
soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. bill

    obama got elected "on the backs of 4 dead americans" by saying IT WAS A VIDEO and that is the problem

    June 16, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Kathy, AZ

    --– Well, I'm not one of the 6.-----

    June 16, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    W Bush was reelected with an Amber alert, fear mongering, and on the backs of 3000 killed on 9-11-2001, 50 killed in 15 embassy attacks, 4500 of our troops killed, 45,000 soldiers wounded, and the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    June 16, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. 1776usa2016

    Benghazi is old old old.

    Everyone has moved on.


    June 16, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. ES

    6/10 huh? Those must all be Faux New KoolAid drinkers.

    June 16, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Bill

    Impossible. Liberals all say this is a made up scandal

    June 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Dubrats

    The ones that are happy with the way it was handled ....didn't understand the question...or English or both....

    June 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Johnjon

    and what do they want him to do about it?

    June 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. cmml

    And the 40% who support the administration also support Obama lying about Obamacare, Spying on Americans, Fast & Furious gun running and breaking the NDAA law with Bergdahl.

    Now that same 40% would be screaming from the rooftops if the exact same treachery was perpetuated by a Republican

    June 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Tom Bryer

    CNN..... Are you just figuring this out????? A little late to the party guys....

    June 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Brian from DC

    Oh please. Nine out of ten Americans can't even tell you where Benghazi is! Somewhere in the South Pacific?

    June 16, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Fitch94

    Who the hell of the 4 out of 10 that think they did a great job? Can Democrats admit for a second that the Great Hillary and Obama screwed this up big time?

    June 16, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Roger Steinberg

    In other news 7 out of 10 Americans probably couldn't even locate Libya on a map

    June 16, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. James

    Ah no. 50% rebublican 50% democrate.

    June 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. pkfops01

    Obama got elected because people didn't want to vote for Mitt.

    June 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Oculus Biff

    6 out 10 wouldn't know where Benghazi is!

    June 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. njudgemental

    Hiliary Clinton is just as culpable as Obama in the Benghazi disaster. No doubt Obama used his power to avoid the full understanding of the event before the election. The “what does it matter” Hilary is hoping she can do the same for her election.

    June 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Liberal_garbage

    lol, did CNN just finally refer to it as the Benghazi Terror Attack? Bold statement, waaaaay too late.

    June 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Kalzone

    The poll is B.S, I have not met a soul that thinks this fake scandal should be investigated on any level. Benghazi is not news and hasn't been for two and a half years.

    June 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Baalzabarber

    "...Nearly 6 in 10 Americans..." that 5?

    June 16, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. james ingram

    Well that's too bad because the liberals have pretty much given America the middle finger as they've been given a free pass by the media!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Walter

    This is clearly George Bush's fault. I mean, the weather. Uh, racism? Look, over there, a shiny object!

    June 16, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. kevin

    You know things are bad when even cnn poll is against president osama

    June 16, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. DoseOfReality

    I pity the Americans that think Benghazi was handled properly. This is part of what's wrong with our country.

    June 16, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. John Illinois

    PATHETIC!!!! 10 of 10 should be outraged and sickened with all of Obama and his liberals lying!

    June 16, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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