Jan 15, 2014 5:35 PM by Elaine Sheridan
Nearly 70 percent of Americans say the bridge-closure scandal engulfing Chris Christie has not changed their opinion about the New Jersey governor, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.
In addition, 44 percent of respondents believe he's telling the truth about his knowledge of the events surrounding the controversy. And far more Americans view him as a strong leader rather than as a bully.
According to the survey, 18 percent of American adults say the scandal makes them like Christie less, compared with 5 percent who say it makes them like him more.
But a whopping 69 percent say it hasn't changed their opinion of the New Jersey governor.
Still, a combined 71 percent of respondents say they know either "a lot" or "some" about the story.
In addition, a plurality - 44 percent - believe Christie is mostly telling the truth, 33 percent say he's not and another 23 percent are unsure.