WASHINGTON — Public interest in the investigation of the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya last fall has dropped sharply from its high point in October and has taken on a strongly partisan cast, polling data released Monday shows.
Just over four in 10 American adults say they are closely following news about the investigations, down from nearly two-thirds in October, according to the poll from the Pew Research Center.
Among self-identified Republicans in the survey, 70% say the Obama administration has been “dishonest” in its handling of the killings, which took place in the Libyan city of Benghazi last Sept. 11. Only 15% of Republicans said the administration had been “honest.”
Among Democrats, the opposite was true, with 62% saying the administration had been honest and 16% saying dishonest.
Democrats overwhelmingly said they thought Republicans had “gone too far” in their investigations into Benghazi, with 60% taking that view, compared with 15% saying the Republicans had handled the issue “appropriately.” Republicans, 65% to 8%, took the opposite view.