Poll: 39% Of People Who Think Benghazi Is Biggest Scandal Ever Don’t Know Where It Is


Earlier today, President Obama told reporters that the brouhaha over the formulation of talking points on the attacks in Benghazi was “a sideshow,” but as it turns out, the entire issue of Benghazi is nothing but a sideshow to those making the most noise about it.

A new survey from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is weathering the scrutiny of the recent Benghazi hearings well, with 49% of voters saying they trust Hillary more on the Benghazi issue, versus 39% who trust congressional Republicans more. The poll also found that 23% of Americans think Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history, but of those Americans who think that Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history, 39% don’t even know where Benghazi is:

One interesting thing about the voters who think Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history is that 39% of them don’t actually know where it is. 10% think it’s in
Egypt, 9% in Iran, 6% in Cuba, 5% in Syria, 4% in Iraq, and 1% each in North Korea and Liberia, with 4% not willing to venture a guess.

That’s not to mention the ones who said “Wasn’t he the bad guy in Road House?”

I’m actually impressed that 58% of Americans were correctly able to identify where Benghazi is, because I’m sure there are a significant number of people who think that Watergate took place in Atlantis. One thing you learn from reading polls is that Americans aren’t all that great at knowing stuff. The people who think Benghazi is the biggest scandal in history were actually slightly more able to identify where the city is, but only by 3%. You would think that those people would be much more likely to know where it is, and least likely to think it’s in Cuba, their third most popular wrong answer.

PPP’s poll also showed that Hillary Clinton’s approval rating has remained steady since their last poll, in March, an indication that despite efforts to target her over the Benghazi issue, it might not hurt her politically. Some of that will depend on whether conservatives continue to come to her defense, but also on how much media attention this issue, Benghazi as scandal, continues to get. At a certain point, the noise reaches a volume that penetrates low-information voters, and the details matter less.

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