The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press has some fresh numbers on Syria. In addition to documenting a U.S. public dubious of President Obama’s plans to strike Syria, it notes that people are watching news developments from close range, as the chart above explains. Thirty-nine percent of respondents were following the Syria airstrikes story “very closely,” eclipsing health-care law news (23 percent), California wildfires (20 percent), the March on Washington anniversary (20 percent) and the NFL concussion lawsuit (9 percent). The survey stems from telephone interviews conducted Aug. 29 throug Sept. 1, or several days after the Miley Cyrus twerking crisis. A Pew official told the Erik Wemple Blog that the twerking thing wasn’t among the issues that surveyors asked respondents about. Inexcusable.

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