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The Public’s Interest in Benghazi Seems to be Limited

Washington seems to be in an uproar over finding out what really happened at the US Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, but it seems as though the general public doesn’t really seem to care. While politicians strive to learn more details and fight over whether there was a cover up, the public’s interest in the story seems to be limited.

Just 44 percent of Americans have followed the hearings on Benghazi according to a Pew Research Center study. This depicts virtually no change from when Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in January and shows a waning interest from the 61 percent who were tracking the story in October.

Despite the low public interest in Benghazi, there still seems to be a split between Republican and Democrats who are following the story. 70 percent of Republicans say that the Obama administration has been dishonest about Benghazi while only 16 percent of Democrats agree. Additionally, 60 percent of Democrats say that in hearings, Republicans have gone too far. Only 8 percent of Republicans make this same claim. However, the one thing that can be agreed upon is that that public lacks interest in finding out what happened in Benghazi, or even talking about it at all, but why?

What happened in Benghazi is becoming more and more about blame rather than the facts of what actually happened. Some Republicans blamed the Obama administration, and Democrats as a whole, for not telling the full truth and changing their story. Some Democrats blamed Republicans in Congress for pushing cuts in the security budget overseas leading to the susceptibility of an attack. No political party wants to be the one who is blamed and no member of the public wants to hear Democrats and Republicans fighting over yet another issue.

Tori DeGiosio is a political journalist from the Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is currently a sophomore at King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and is a double major in Mass Communications and Political Science. You can email Tori at for any comments or inquiries and follow her on Twitter @ToriDeGiosio

One thought on “The Public’s Interest in Benghazi Seems to be Limited

  1. Maybe the American public doesn’t want to be dragged into anymore wars and are sick of right wing and pro-war politicians? Gee aren’t we suffering under a “sequester” and “austerity” here at home? Who the hell wants a new war in Libya to destroy the Al Qaeda scum we partnered with to destroy Khadaffy and the Great Manmade River? Maybe Chris Stevens got what he deserved for doing business with Al Qaeda and helping ship weapons to jihadis in Syria, including Sarin gas?

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