Most, however, do not think the Obama administration deliberately misled the public.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday said 56 percent of respondents believe government statements about the terrorist attack in September, in which four Americans were killed, reflected what the administration believed at the time.
"But that does not let the White House off the hook," said Keating Holland, CNN polling director. "Only 43 percent are satisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled the matter in the past few months. Half are dissatisfied."
The poll indicates a strong partisan divide, with 75 percent of Democrats satisfied with the handling of the matter, and 58 percent of independents and 83 percent of Republicans dissatisfied, CNN said.
The poll was conducted Dec. 17-18, with 620 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The sampling error is 4 percentage points.