Poll: Mostly Republicans are following IRS, Benghazi scandals

Only a slight majority of Americans overall say they're following the scandals closely

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 17, 2013 1:35PM (EDT)

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According to a new Gallup poll, only slight majority of Americans say they're engaged in the IRS and Benghazi scandals - with 54 percent saying they're closely following the IRS scandal, and 53 percent saying the same of Benghazi - and there is a big split between how closely Republicans and Democrats are following the stories.

From the poll:

Republicans are much more likely to say they are following these news stories closely than are independents or in particular Democrats. There is a 21-percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in terms of following the Benghazi story closely, and a 27-point gap on the IRS story.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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