There’s a case to be made that the smoldering crisis in Europe could well decide this fall’s U.S. presidential election. If, say, Greece were to decamp from the euro — or, more dramatically still, if Spain were to storm for the exits — that could send large shockwaves out around the world. If those shockwaves knocked down the U.S. economy, President Obama’s re-election chances could shrink.
Yet most Americans still aren’t paying all that much attention to Europe. Here are the results of a new Gallup poll on the topic:
To put this in context, Gallup notes, about 60 percent of Americans are closely focused on a variety of domestic news stories. (The all-time record goes to the 9/11 attacks, which got 97 percent of Americans following along.)
There’s a partisan split here: Republicans (61 percent) are paying closer attention to Europe than independents (46 percent) and Democrats (43 percent). Republicans are also twice as likely to be “very concerned” about what’s happening in the euro zone as Democrats are. But virtually everyone who’s following the situation “very closely” is concerned about how developments could leg-sweep the U.S. economy.
Gallup didn’t poll Wonkblog readers, but we assume 100 percent of you are paying close attention, right?
Related: FAQ: Why is Spain in crisis?