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39% of Americans Who Think Benghazi Is a Major Scandal Don't Actually Know Where It Is

A new poll from Public Policy Polling reveals that those most worried about Benghazi don't know all that much about it.

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The GOP spent much of last week playing up what they say is a scandal stemming from the U.S. government’s response to the attack on the embassy in Benghazi. But most Americans don’t really care anymore--and some don’t even know where Benghazi is located.

A new poll from Public Policy Polling reveals that the 39% of Americans who think that "Benghazi is the biggest political scandal in American history" don't actually know where it is. (it’s in Libya). 

Some thought it was in Egypt; others thought it was in Iran; and a handful didn’t even guess.

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The poll also reveals that most voters trust former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi issue over Republicans. The majority of voters polled also want Congress to be focused on gun control and immigration rather than the Benghazi attack. Most Republicans, though, think Benghazi is a huge issue, and 74% think the so-called scandal is worse than Watergate.

The Benghazi attack returned to the news last week as the GOP held hearings that featured a State Department official who said he was “demoted” for speaking out about Benghazi. Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, criticized the administration’s assertion that the attack resulted from protests over an anti-Muslim video rather than it being a planned terrorist attack. He says he was punished for speaking out.

Republicans have also honed in on the revelation that the State Department suggested changes to the talking points related to the Benghazi attack.


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.