Americans Followed The Polar Vortex A Lot More Closely Last Week Than Christie’s Bridge Scandal

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While Chris Christie was taking heat for a widening political scandal, Americans were more interested in the historic cold that swept through much of the country last week.

New findings from Pew Research Center showed that 44 percent of Americans followed news about the frigid temperatures throughout the United States — the result of wind pattern known as a “polar vortex” — “very closely.”

A mere 18 percent of the public said they followed Christie’s apology for the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge with the same level of interest.

According to Pew, 60 percent of all Americans indicated their opinion of the New Jersey governor has not changed. The reaction was essentially the same among those who are paying attention, too.

Fifty-seven percent of those who are following the bridge scandal “very” or “fairly” closely said their opinion of Christie hasn’t changed.

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