As serious as Watergate
A CBS poll shows that 51 percent of Americans think the Plame case is of "great importance;" 35 percent think it's of "some importance;" and 12 percent "little or not importance."
The numbers are even more striking when you compare them with views of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal: Great importance - 41 percent; Some importance - 21 percent; Little/no importance - 37percent.
In fact the only other presidential scandal in recent history that's scored this high -- even Iran-Contra was considered of great importance by only 48 percent -- is Watergate: Great importance - 53 percent; Some importance - 25 percent; Little/no importance - 22 percent. And note that even here the number of those who placed little importance on the matter is higher than Plame-gate. [LINK via Eschaton]