It's the economy, stupid? More Americans say they followed the news about the looming "fiscal cliff" than the investigations into the Libya embassy attack, renewed violence in the Middle East or the FBI investigation that led to David Petraeus's resignation as CIA Director, the latest Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll shows.
The poll -- conducted Nov. 15-18 among 1,002 adults -- found that nearly identical percentages of Republicans -- 36 percent -- and Democrats -- 35 percent -- say they followed the debate over the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect at the beginning of next year unless the president and Congress act.
Republicans were about as interested as Democrats in the Petraeus investigation -- 28 percent vs. 21 percent. But there was a wide partisan gap in interest in the investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya: Republicans at 42 percent were twice as likely as Democrats or independents to say they followed the news about the attack very closely.