Republicans’ fixation on Benghazi isn’t doing them any good — and may actually be backfiring.
Public Policy Polling:
PPP’s newest national poll finds that Republicans aren’t getting much
traction with their focus on Benghazi over the last week. Voters trust
Hillary Clinton over Congressional Republicans on the issue of Benghazi
by a 49/39 margin and Clinton’s +8 net favorability rating at 52/44 is
identical to what it was on our last national poll in late March.
Meanwhile Congressional Republicans remain very unpopular with a 36/57
Voters think Congress should be more focused on other major issues
right now rather than Benghazi. By a 56/38 margin they say passing a
comprehensive immigration reform bill is more important than continuing
to focus on Benghazi, and by a 52/43 spread they think passing a bill
requiring background checks for all gun sales should be a higher
So Republicans think they’ve moved on from gun violence and can now
dick around trying to gin up outrage over Benghazi, only to have the
public ask, “Why are you screwing around with this Benghazi stuff? Where
are our background checks?”
Bonus hilarity; behold Republican voters’ complete lack of any sense of proportion:
While voters overall may think Congress’ focus should be elsewhere
there’s no doubt about how mad Republicans are about Benghazi. 41% say
they consider this to be the biggest political scandal in American
history to only 43% who disagree with that sentiment. Only 10% of
Democrats and 20% of independents share that feeling. Republicans think
by a 74/19 margin than Benghazi is a worse political scandal than
Watergate, by a 74/12 margin that it’s worse than Teapot Dome, and by a
70/20 margin that it’s worse than Iran Contra.
I often use the hyperbolic statement to poke fun at conservative
overreaction and make a point, but a significant percentage of
Republicans literally believe that Benghazi is the worst thing ever!
How out of touch are these people? For Republicans, this is the worst
scandal in American history. For everyone else it’s a typical