As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton battles new allegations that she only considered presidential politics in voting against the successful surge of troops to Iraq in 2007, the 2012 Benghazi attack continues to haunt her, with a new poll finding that Americans believe the administration “deliberately misled” them on the scandal.
A new YouGov poll found that 44 percent of the public believes “the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people” when the president, Clinton, and others suggested the attack was sparked by outrage over a western movie, not terrorism. Some 30 percent said the administration “shared the facts as they became available,” and 25 percent clocked in at “not sure.”
Worse for Clinton, 40 percent in the just-conducted poll disapproved of her handling of the affair. Just 31 percent approved. In addition, 46 percent disapproved of Obama’s handling of the affair.
And the nation is worried that it will happen again as long as Obama is in charge. Asked how confident they are that the administration is taking the “right steps to prevent future attacks like the one on the U.S. consulate in Libya,” 50 percent said they were not very or not at all confident. Only 38 percent gave the administration the thumbs-up sign.
Finally, the poll shows that the public saw through the smoke clouding the attack, with 46 percent believing that al Qaeda was responsible; just 16 percent said the terrorist organization wasn’t responsible.
Despite the passage of time and efforts by Clinton supporters to close the door on the affair, the poll found that the public’s view of the scandal hasn’t change four months.Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.