Voters Don’t Think Hillary Clinton or Chris Christie Is Telling the Truth

Poll: Americans don’t trust Clinton’s comments on Benghazi or Christie’s comments on his traffic scandal.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage at the Pennsylvania Conference For Women 2013 at Philadelphia Convention Center on November 1, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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March 13, 2014, 7:32 a.m.

A new poll from Bloomberg has sup­plied grist for op­er­at­ives from both parties: Turns out, people don’t be­lieve what Gov. Chris Christie or Hil­lary Clin­ton is say­ing about the re­spect­ive scan­dals that con­tin­ue to haunt them.

Sixty-three per­cent of the Bloomberg poll re­spond­ents said they don’t be­lieve Christie’s as­ser­tion that he knew noth­ing of the un­ne­ces­sary traffic jam in Fort Lee, N.J., that Christie’s staff may have planned as polit­ic­al pay­back against Fort Lee’s may­or.

And more than half of re­spond­ents said they don’t be­lieve Clin­ton, who says she nev­er saw re­quests for in­creased se­cur­ity at the U.S. Em­bassy in Benghazi, Libya, be­fore the 2012 at­tack that left four Amer­ic­ans dead.

Re­pub­lic­an law­makers, led by House Over­sight Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dar­rell Issa, con­tin­ue to pur­sue Clin­ton’s in­volve­ment in Benghazi like a dog with a bone. But even left-lean­ing voters doubt Clin­ton’s story.

“I don’t be­lieve that she did any­thing reck­lessly, but I tend to be­lieve that there was something, and it just wasn’t real­ized at the time that it was sig­ni­fic­ant,” said Lee Proc­tor, 49, a Demo­crat­ic-lean­ing au­thor and on­line con­sult­ant in Phil­adelphia who wants to see Clin­ton run. “I don’t think we’ve got­ten the whole, true story.”

The Bloomberg poll also found that Clin­ton’s fa­vor­ab­il­ity has de­clined from 70 per­cent in Decem­ber 2012 to 56 per­cent this month. That num­ber still dwarfs Pres­id­ent Obama’s cur­rent ap­prov­al rat­ing — 43 per­cent. And the cred­ib­il­ity num­bers could prove more dam­aging to Christie than to Clin­ton, who has built up an al­most bul­let­proof na­tion­al fan base and who is crush­ing her Re­pub­lic­an com­pet­i­tion in oth­er spec­u­lat­ive polls about 2016.

Non­ethe­less, Demo­crat or Re­pub­lic­an, at least most Amer­ic­ans agree on one thing: The more politi­cians try to dis­tance them­selves from scan­dal, the less we’re in­clined to be­lieve a damn thing they say.

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