Gallup: Low-Information Americans Not Paying Attention to Obama Scandals

Posted by on May 17, 2013 at 7:56 am
Activists on the beach in Cancun.

Of course 100% of the public would be fully informed if the massive number of Obama scandals involved a Republican or a Kardashian. Considering until the past week the leftwing media completely ignored all the Obama scandals, the fact that 54% of the public is aware of the  Obama’s IRS scandal can be seen as a positive sign.

The public’s interest in the ongoing controversies surrounding the IRS and Benghazi is lower than comparable major news stories in the past, according to a Gallup survey released Friday.

According to the poll, slim majorities say they’re closely following the twin controversies, with 54 percent tracking the IRS’s singling out of conservative groups and 53 percent watching the Benghazi hearings. The levels of interest for both are below the 60 percent average Gallup says comparable news stories tend to generate, based on a 200 story spanning decades.

Twenty-two percent said they’re not following either story very closely, and 24 percent said they’re not following either story at all.

“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,” Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport wrote in his analysis of the data. “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.”

If Obama threatened to cancel America Idol then they’d perk up. And there’s a glimmer of hope:

However, a majority of the public believes both matters deserve further investigation.

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10 Responses to “Gallup: Low-Information Americans Not Paying Attention to Obama Scandals”

  1. Dave H on 17/17/13 at 11:12 am

    “Twenty-two percent said they’re not following either story very closely, and 24 percent said they’re not following either story at all.”

    Gee, that’s almost 47% who don’t care about gov’t corruption. Where have I heard that number before?

  2. Charles Kinsey on 17/17/13 at 9:06 pm

    we don’t care because the so-called scandals aren’t ,,the real scandal is GOP obstructionism and super corruption cuts for the rich while the country needs taxes the most can only be corruption .

  3. Dustoff 28 on 17/17/13 at 11:36 pm

    Charlie, anyone who is following this knows these are real scandals. Anyone denying it is not a real American!

  4. it's those darn kids. on 18/18/13 at 12:15 am

    We don’t care because it involves Obama (more like it).

    Also: he totally identified himself as a low-information voter. how rich.

  5. leocat on 18/18/13 at 11:35 am

    I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard a lib use the word “Obsrtructionism” or “Obstructionist” Can these lemmings at least use a little variety in their kool-aid induced dementia?

  6. crackermike on 19/19/13 at 10:28 pm

    Have they got their free phones? Free EBT cards? free health care? free money? free rent? enough internet to watch free porn? Yes? So what, they ask, is the problem. The Bread and Circuses are all that count to these people. Foolish children that will soon have the whip cracked on them when the Progressive takeover is complete. The free stuff will soon dry up to be replaced by the hardship typical of all Communist Countries.

  7. Tuerqas on 20/20/13 at 3:43 pm

    Great comment crackermike. I think interest is down from independents because we all know that nothing will be done. Reps will point and shout at this one, Dems can point and shout at the next one. I will agree with Dems to this point: It is not important whether the scandals are even real…because nothing will be done about it. If Dems keep power they will still use the IRS like a hammer. Does anyone think Reps haven’t, or won’t? So I am sure it is true that interest is down for Indies and Dems.

  8. gigi9228 on 22/22/13 at 12:54 pm

    I got the call to participate and didn’t.. I don’t get into things on the phone. HOWEVER, I am following the hearings and talking to my neighbors and family ( some of which are the under-informed).
    I have heard several bosses say that they “didn’t know anything about it, weren’t privy to that info, could not recall”.. you know the drill. I think that they should be fired, yes, all of them, and required to return all of the money that was paid to them over and above minimum wage. They should not be given a good reference.
    If they committed a crime, or participated in the cover-up of one, they should go to jail. That includes the former employees such as H. Clinton, Shuler, and, hopefully, Lerner.
    Next time I will participate.