Poll: Benghazi is no Achilles heel for Clinton


Republicans are convinced the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, undercut Hillary Clinton's case for becoming the next president.

But Benghazi has yet to register as an Achilles heel for Clinton with the American public.

A new Pew Research Center poll asked people about the most positive and negative aspects of Clinton's political career.

While Benghazi was the most frequently mentioned event or thing, just 15 percent cited it as the most negative aspect of her career. The second most negative thing people cited was her husband, Bill Clinton, and/or his affair with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.

On the positive side, impressions were similarly diffuse. Twelve percent of people cited her tenure as secretary of state, while 8 percent cited Bill Clinton and/or her handling of his affair.

The poll showed two-thirds of people (67 percent) continue to have a positive view of her tenure as secretary of state, while just 25 percent have a negative view of it.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said Clinton should run for president again -- including 26 percent of Republicans.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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