Economy Fades as Election Intensifies
The weakening economy was the most-covered news story in 2011, but it has now been overtaken by coverage of the presidential campaign.
Perceptions of Economic News Continue to Improve
The number of Americans hearing mostly bad news about the nation’s economy continues to decline.
For a Second a Week, it’s Debt Crisis and Tabloid Scandal
Two stories that have become fixtures in the headlines—the deadlocked debt debate and the intensifying News of the World phone hacking scandal—accounted for more than half of last week’s newshole, relegating other significant events to secondary status in the media.
Number Hearing “Mostly Bad” Economic News Highest Since March 2009
Not since March 2009 have so many Americans been hearing mostly bad news about the nation’s economy. Romney and Palin have become the most visible GOP presidential candidates.
Gloomy Economic News Tops Media Agenda
The debt ceiling, rising unemployment and continued housing woes made the economy the week’s No. 1 story, but the 2012 campaign continued to acquire more media attention.
Rising Oil Prices Big News for Public
With the media fixated on events in Libya, the public focused on a related concern that received little news coverage — rising oil prices.
Fewer Hearing “Mostly Bad” Economic News
Americans hearing mostly bad news about the economy has dropped to its lowest point since the financial collapse. Republicans, in particular, are much less likely to say they are hearing mostly bad economic news than they were a month ago.
Shifting Perceptions of Economic Coverage
Perceptions of media coverage of the economy since October 2008 vary dramatically by party. Also, the press are still far more interested in the midterms than the public.
Views of Economic News Little Changed
The public’s perceptions of economic news remain mixed, but continue to be much more negative than they were earlier this year.
Public Increasingly Hearing Mostly Bad Economic News
Perceptions of economic news have turned much more negative in the past month, with news about jobs seen as especially dour.