Poll: 67% Approve of Congress Creating Special Committee on Benghazi

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | May 16, 2014 | 4:21 PM EDT

Two-thirds (67%) of Americans approve of Congress' creation of a special committee to investigate the incidents surrounding the Benghazi attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens, according to a new Fox News poll. Only 28% disapproved of the probe.

Fully 72% also said they thought that the Obama administration deserved the blame for the security failings that led to the death of the four Americans in Benghazi, with half of those assigning "a great deal of blame" and half only "some" blame.

Those polled were asked whether they thought the Obama administration had been "honest with the American people about the events surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attacks or has it tried to deceive people?" While 54% of people said they thought that the administration has tried to deceive people, 38% said that they though the administration was honest.

People were also asked whether they thought former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been "honest with the American people about the State Department's role" in the Benghazi attacks "or has she tried to deceive people?" Half (50%) said they thought she'd tried to deceive, compared to 40% who said she was being honest.

A majority of Americans (63%) think that the reason Republicans in Congress are investigating the Benghazi attacks is because they hope for political gain. Only 30% think that Republicans are motivated to get to the truth.

The poll was conducted May 10 to 13 and involved a telephone poll of 1,025 registered voters.