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.
Public Sees No Improvement in Economic News
Most Americans continue to see a mix of good and bad economic news. The Gulf oil leak still tops news interest.
Covering the Great Recession
The gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression has been covered in the media largely from the top down, told primarily from the perspective of the Obama administration and big business.
Americans Researching the Recession Also Look for Digital Diversions
Most Americans who have turned to online sources for economic information have also used the internet to take their minds off of their financial troubles, especially younger online economic users.
Americans Hear Improvement in Tone of Economic News
Americans are hearing better news coverage about financial markets, real estate and prices. Also, as the health care debate tops interest, town hall protests register widely, with a majority calling the behavior appropriate.