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CNN Polls Benghazi, Guns And GOP Extremism

From the aptly named CNN Political Unit:

CNN Poll: Majority dissatisfied but don’t think administration misled on Benghazi attack

December 19th, 2012

Washington (CNN) – A slight majority of Americans are giving the White House low marks for how it has handled the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to a new national survey.

But a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday also indicates that a more solid majority of the public doesn’t believe the Obama administration intentionally tried to mislead Americans on the September attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead.

Only four in ten Americans believe that the inaccurate statements by administration officials in the days following the Benghazi attack were intended to deliberately mislead the public, with 56% saying those statements reflected what the Obama administration believed at the time had occurred in Libya…

Well, that’s settled then.

The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday, almost entirely before the Tuesday evening release of an independent review of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that cited "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies" at the State Department.

But notice that this poll was taken even before the report came out. In fact, it was clearly timed to give Obama cover in the unlikely case that anyone was blamed.

And speaking of timing, here is a another poll from CNN that is just made to order to advance their agenda:

CNN Poll: Bare majority now support major gun restrictions

December 19, 2012

Washington (CNN) – [T]he CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday also indicates that a bare majority now favor major restrictions on owning guns or an outright ban on gun ownership by ordinary citizens and more than six in ten favor a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles.

The survey was conducted Monday and Tuesday, following Friday’s horrific incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School when a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 young children and six adults.

Forty-six percent of people questioned in the poll say that that government and society can take action to prevent future gun violence. That’s up 13 percentage points from January 2011, following a shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona that left six dead and some, including then Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, severely injured. A 53% majority still believes that attacks will continue to happen regardless of any action taken, but that’s down 13 points from January 2011…

Does that translate into a call for greater restrictions on guns?

The number of Americans who favor major restrictions or an outright ban has typically hovered just under the 50% mark in recent years; now that number is just over 50%. According to the poll 52% say they favor major restrictions on guns or making all guns illegal…

Yippee! They have finally managed to get the number over 50%.

By the way, CNN oversampled Democrats by 9% in this poll. (Dem/Ind/Rep = 34/41/25%.)

But CNN doesn’t stop there:

CNN Poll: Are GOP policies too extreme?

December 20, 2012

Washington (CNN) – Just over half the public says that the GOP should give up more than the Democrats in any bipartisan solution to the country’s problems, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that a slight majority of Americans sees the Republican party’s policies and views as too extreme, a first for the GOP, and fewer than a third say they trust congressional Republicans more than President Barack Obama to deal with the major issues facing the nation.

The poll’s Thursday release comes less than two weeks before the country faces automatic tax increases on nearly all Americans, as well as deep federal spending cuts, if no deal is struck to avert the country from falling off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year.

According to the survey, 53% say the GOP should compromise more, with 41% saying the Democratic Party should give up more of the proposals it supports to develop bipartisan solutions

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed say they view the policies of the GOP as too extreme, up 17 points from two years ago. Only 37% say they view the polices of the Democratic Party as too extreme…

Aren’t polls wonderful?

By the way, if you have any doubts about the accuracy of CNN/ORC polls, here is what they said about their last poll before election day, back on November 4, 2012:

CNN National Poll: Dead heat between Obama and Romney

November 4, 2012

Washington (CNN) – It’s all tied up, according to a new national poll released two days before the presidential election.

And the CNN/ORC International survey not only indicates a dead heat in the race for the White House, but also on almost every major indicator of President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney that was tested in the poll…

So how could they be wrong now?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “CNN Polls Benghazi, Guns And GOP Extremism”

  1. canary

    Worse, 95% of Americans don’t even know about the Benghazi scandal and never will.

  2. Helena

    Poll: “Are GOP policies too extreme?”!!!! Just by posing the question they beg the answer. I’ve got a poll question for them: “Are Dem policies insane?”

  3. GetBackJack

    Apparently demanding to know the facts is now an act of extremism

  4. chainsaw

    Thankfully only the minority still watch CNN. Once again CNN tells its readers who pays the bills.

  5. AcornsRNutz

    Wait one damn minute. 40 percent of those polled think the governement/president/administration inentionally lied and covered up the incident’s details and our attention is directed to the 56 percent who don’t? Well, like you said, I guess it’s settled. 56% of those polled, or 100% of the blithely ignorant american idol devouring obama-nauts have spoken.




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