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.
Recession Dot Net
More than two-thirds of Americans have logged on to the internet looking for financial information. Of these “online economic users” most are looking for good deals and job opportunities. More said that what they learned on the internet made them more anxious than said they were made more confident.
Public Sees Less Glum News About Economy
Gender gaps emerge on top stories. Men follow the economy and Manny; women prefer the flu and first face transplant operation.
Public Sees More of a Mix of Good and Bad Economic News
Though the economy remains the top story, more Americans say they heard a lot about the reports of Chris Brown abusing Rihanna than the dispute between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer.