Large partisan gap in followers of Benghazi news

Conservative Republicans are much more engaged in the newly created select committee on Benghazi than their liberal counterparts, according to a survey highlighting the deep divide in the public's news intake. 

A Pew Research survey testing which stories the public tuned into last week found that 38 percent of conservative Republicans are following news about the select committee very closely. Only 15 percent of liberal Democrats are doing the same, resulting in a 23-point gap. 

A recent poll found a similar partisan gap in approval of the committee, though a majority of every demographic supported its creation. 

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House Republicans voted the select committee into existence earlier this month in a largely party line vote, saying the administration had not fully complied with previous subpoenas. 

However, Democrats have not decided whether they will participate in the committee, which they accuse of being unfair and politically motivated ahead of the midterm elections. 

Nearly a majority of liberal Democrats, 47 percent, were following last week’s news about NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his comments against Magic Johnson in a CNN interview. Only 18 percent of conservatives were following that story closely. 

There is also a wide partisan gap in the viewing of news regarding the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls last month by the terrorist group Boko Haram. 

Forty-eight percent of liberals have followed the news closely, while only 28 percent of conservatives have done the same.

President Obama's administration has sent law enforcement and intelligence experts to help with the effort. A small number of Republicans have pressed the administration to send special forces to help in the rescue effort, something the Defense Department has resisted.