A new Pew survey shows that 40 percent of Americans say they’re following news about the fiscal cliff “very closely.” That’s two times the number (21 percent) who say they’re paying close attention to the news on UN Ambassador Susan Rice‘s potential nomination for secretary of state.

Predictably, news on high-profile foreign matters were of even less interest:

Just 15% of Americans say they followed news about violence in Syria very closely; about as many very closely tracked news about political turmoil and protests in Egypt (14%) and the debate at the U.N. over the Palestinian territories (also 14%).