Poll: 69 percent think Benghazi needs to be investigated

House Republicans held much-publicized hearings with three State Department whistle-blowers last week who raised new questions about the administration's decision not to dispatch a special forces team to the site of the attack. And more than half of the House Republican Conference is demanding the creation of a select committee to further probe the administration's response to the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last Sept. 11.

The poll found lower-than-usual levels of interest for the story however, with only 53 percent of respondents saying they're tracking it “closely.” Republicans were much more likely than Democrats to say they were following the hearing, 66 percent versus 45 percent.

“The amount of attention Americans are paying to … Benghazi …  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.”