With a number of breaking and developing stories over the past few days to choose from, more Americans have been closely following the story of the mail bombs sent to the prominent Democrats than any other story.
A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows 70% of voters have been following the mail package bombs story either Very or Somewhat closely.
By comparison, 66% of respondents say they’ve been following the news of the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.
A majority of voters (60%) are also at least somewhat closely following the continuing news on the migrant caravan headed north to the U.S. border.
But two other current stories failed to grab as much voter attention. Only 49% of voters say they are very or somewhat closely following the continuing U.S. stock market selloff. Just 40% of respondents say they are very or somewhat closely following the story of anchor Megyn Kelly leaving NBC.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 28-29, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
Partisan differences were modest, though Republicans were a bit more likely to pay attention to the migrant caravan (see question wording and crosstab results).
Many believe these stories could impact the midterm elections. President Trump himself appears to see the migrant caravan story as a way to remind voters of the importance of the kind of improved border security he and most Republican candidates support.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh shooting and mail bombs have been used as a reason for many Democrats and critics of President Trump to blame him for setting a tone ripe for violent domestic attacks.
Similarly, an end to the long-running bull market on Wall Street could be a more favorable result for Democrats looking to quiet President Trump’s boasting about the nation’s economic strength.
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