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Bridget Johnson

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May 17, 2013 - 8:53 am

A new Gallup poll found that “slim majorities” Americans are following the Benghazi and IRS scandals although most agree that the investigations should continue.

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said they were very or somewhat closely following the news that IRS applied greater scrutiny to conservative political groups, 22 percent said they weren’t following the story too closely, and 24 percent said they weren’t following the IRS story at all.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they were very or somewhat closely following the revelations into the Benghazi attack, 22 percent said they weren’t following the story too closely, and 24 percent said they weren’t following the IRS story at all.

Gallup called these numbers “comparatively low based on historical measures of other news stories over the last two decades.”

“Despite extensive news coverage of these stories in recent days, the level of attention being paid to each is below the average 60% of Americans who have closely followed more than 200 news stories Gallup has measured over the past several decades,” the polling organization said. “Additionally, Americans appear to be paying almost exactly the same levels of attention to both stories, despite the relative newness of the IRS story during the time in which this survey was in the field.”

Forty percent of Democrats surveyed were following the IRS story, while 67 percent of Republicans said they are. Forty-five percent of Democrats said they have been following Benghazi, while 66 percent of Republicans are.

Seventy-four percent said more investigation is needed for the IRS scandal and 69 percent want more scrutiny for Benghazi.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I'm not closely following them myself -- to do so would involve subjecting myself to the pimary vector of Inarticulate Explosive Rage: cable news.

Doesn't mean my interest in them is "comparatively low."
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Yeah...Too busy watching ESPN, downloading porn, playing video games, on-line poker, etc. Maybe someone can explain to the low info voters that the "Ghazi" in Benghazi is the Arabic title given to Muslims who fight for Islam. By the time these far away "Ghazi's" come knocking on your door it'll be too late to start paying attention...
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"When the closets are empty and the clinics are full When your eyes have been blinded by society's wool
When the streets erupt in your own backyard You'll be on your knees praying for the National Guard."

-- STEVE TAYLOR - "Whatever Happened to Sin?"
1 year ago
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This is why I've been warning everyone to prepare for collapse. As someone once remarked the opposite of love isn't hate, it's apathy.
1 year ago
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Why am I not surprised? Ask all of them who plays Iron Man and you'll get higher response.
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