CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Approve of Republicans’ Handling of Benghazi

Trey Gowdy / AP

A new CNN Opinion Research Corporation Poll revealed 51 percent of Americans approve of the way Republicans have handled the hearings on Benghazi.

The poll also showed a six-point slip from 2014 in the way Hillary Clinton handed the attacks during her time as Secretary of State.

The House Select Committee, headed by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), postponed Clinton’s hearing because of the State Department’s delayed response to a request for the release of emails that the former Secretary of State had turned over. The State Department is now on a timeline to release Clinton’s emails every 90 days.

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Gowdy is still awaiting emails from people who worked with Clinton during her time at the State Department, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, Susan Rice, Patrick Kennedy, and Huma Abedin, Clinton’s senior adviser.

The State Department released the first batch of emails from Clinton at the end of May.

"Chairman Gowdy has drawn bipartisan praise for leading a fair-minded, fact-based investigation into the administration’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi. The American people can see that his Committee’s goal is to get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," Speaker John Boehner told the Washington Free Beacon.

The poll interviewed 1,025 adult Americans via telephone from May 29 through May 31. The poll also showed that 50 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of Clinton, down from 53 percent in March.

Twenty-seven percent of poll respondents described themselves as Democrats, 21 percent identified as Republicans, and 52 percent said that they were independents.