U.S. PoliticsJuly 23, 2012

Colorado Shootings Capture Public’s Interest

The shooting rampage that killed 12 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has become one of the most closely followed news stories in 2012. Polling done earlier this year shows the public remains divided about gun control.

U.S. PoliticsJune 6, 2012

Interest in Foreign News Declines from 2011

Public interest in foreign news stories has been modest so far this year, in stark contrast to 2011 when several overseas news stories attracted substantial attention.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 18, 2012

Campaign 2012: Too Negative, Too Long, Dull

Half of Americans say the presidential campaign has been too negative and 55% of the public describe the 2012 contest so far as dull. Nearly six-in-ten (57%) describe the campaign as dull.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 5, 2011

GOP Candidates Hardly Household Names

Smaller percentages of Americans can name, without being prompted, the leading candidates in this year’s Republican presidential race than in previous GOP races. At this stage of the campaign in the 1996, 2000 and 2008 campaigns, significantly more Americans could name Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Rudolph Giuliani than they could for Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 27, 2011

Debt Stalemate Top Story, But No Surge in Public Interest

The debt limit was the top story last week for both the public and the news media, although public interest in the federal budget deficit and national debt is not much higher than it was the previous week despite the approaching Aug. 2 deadline for raising the ceiling.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 19, 2011

Debt Limit Fight Tops News Interest, Coverage

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that the debate over the nation’s debt limit is important to people like themselves (90%), while nearly seven-in-ten (68%) say it is interesting.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 13, 2011

Casey Anthony Verdict Top Story for Public and Social Networkers

Americans followed news about the verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial more closely than other top stories, but they also kept a watch on news about the struggling economy and talks in Washington over raising the federal debt limit.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 7, 2011

Interest in Campaign News On Par With 2007

While the focus this year has been on the GOP’s race, Democrats express about as much interest in 2012 candidates as do Republicans.

U.S. PoliticsJune 29, 2011

Economy, Afghanistan Top News Interest, Coverage

Americans focused most closely last week on news about the nation’s struggling economy and President Obama’s plans to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan, two stories that also topped news coverage last week.

U.S. PoliticsJune 15, 2011

Public Focused on Economy, Media on Weiner Scandal

Solid majorities say news organizations have given too much coverage to the Weiner photo scandal (63%) and to Sarah Palin’s bus tour of historic sites (58%).