Gallup pooh-poohs its own poll on Obama scandals

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In today’s political climate, things are only so once a polling company declares them as such, and in that regard, the Obama administration has some problems.

According to polling results released by Gallup on Thursday, most Americans agree that both the IRS scandal and the attack in Benghazi warrant continuing investigations — 74% for the IRS matter and 69% for Benghazi.


Not that you would garner this from Gallup’s headline: “Americans’ Attention to IRS, Benghazi Stories Below Average

The opening paragraph tells us that the number of Americans who are very or somewhat closely following the stories is “comparatively low based on historical measures of other news stories over the last two decades.”


Gallup explains thusly:

The amount of attention Americans are paying to the IRS and the Benghazi situations is well below the average for news stories Gallup has tracked over the years. This overall lack of attention is due in part to Democrats’ and, to a lesser degree, independents’ lack of interest, which stands in sharp contrast to the significantly above-average attention among Republicans.

So, does this mean that those polled overwhelmingly feel these scandals  should be investigated further, even though they’re not paying attention?

In today’s mixed up, muddled up, shook up political world, this almost makes sense.

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Tom Tillison


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