A new Fox News poll published late Thursday shows the vast majority of Americans view Benghazi as serious, not phony as the White House has repeatedly stated.
Benghazi. Snooping on reporters. The IRS and NSA. The White House dismisses them as phony and fake scandals. Americans do not.
A Fox News national poll released Thursday finds that 78 percent of voters think the questions over the administration’s handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi should be taken seriously. Just 17 percent call it a phony scandal.
Voters also view other scandals surrounding Obama’s White House as very real.
Meanwhile, 69 percent of voters say the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance of everyday Americans is serious, while 26 percent call that a fake scandal.
By a margin of 59-31 percent, voters are also more likely to view the seizure of reporters’ phone records by the Justice Department as serious rather than phony.
And while the White House sees a Congressional investigation of the IRS targeting of conservative groups as a “distraction,” 59 percent of voters take it seriously. Some 33 percent agree with the administration that it’s fake.
For more than a week now, President Obama and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney have blamed the bad economy and a lack of progress of distractions and “phony scandals” in a desperate to discredit critics and avoid accountability.
Poll: Most Voters Want Obama to ‘Lock Himself in a Room’ With GOP
President Barack Obama’s recent series of speeches on the economy hasn’t won over American voters, according to a new survey from Fox News.
“A just-released Fox News poll finds they think the president isn’t offering any new economic ideas, and he would help the country more by staying in the nation’s capital and working with Republicans,” the network reports.
“In addition, 52 percent of voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing — matching his previous record high disapproval in September 2010,” the report said. “His approval rating also takes a hit this week: 42 percent approve, down from 46 percent at the end of last month (July 21-23, 2013).”
Some 71 percent — or more than three times as many voters who believe the president is offering new ideas to boost the economy, say his recent speeches offer no new solutions to America’s economic problems.
Most of those surveyed — some 63 percent — would prefer to see the president “lock himself in a room with Republicans” to find a way forward.
“That’s up from 59 percent who felt that way in February,” said Fox. “Twenty-four percent think Obama should travel and make speeches about his policies to voters instead.”
The poll was conducted from Aug. 3-5 with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.