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November 19, 2012

Americans more interested in fiscal cliff than Libya or Petraeus, poll says

It's the economy, stupid? More Americans say they followed the news about the looming "fiscal cliff" than the investigations into the Libya embassy attack, renewed violence in the Middle East or the FBI investigation that led to David Petraeus's resignation as CIA Director, the  latest Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll shows.

The poll -- conducted Nov. 15-18 among 1,002 adults -- found that nearly identical percentages of Republicans -- 36 percent -- and Democrats -- 35 percent -- say they followed the debate over the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect at the beginning of next year unless the president and Congress act.

Republicans were about as interested as Democrats in the Petraeus investigation -- 28 percent vs. 21 percent. But there was a wide partisan gap in interest in the investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya: Republicans at 42 percent were twice as likely as Democrats or independents to say they followed the news about the attack very closely.


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We Americans do not care about Benghazi anymore than we care about The Bush Administration ignoring multiple warnings about an impending Bid laden attack for 6 months before 9-11. And most Americans will not recognize the name Petraeus. The dumbed down masses were once good for Fox news and the GOP, now their creation is turning on them.

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