Fact Tank Mar. 13, 2015

Study finds racial, ethnic divide in attention to crime news

Crime consistently ranks as one of the most followed and discussed topics by the public, and it receives more attention in local news media than almost any other subject. A recent Pew Research Center report reinforces these findings but also suggests that certain groups of residents pay closer attention to local crime than others in […]

U.S. Politics Mar. 9, 2015

More Interest Among GOP in Clinton Emails, Netanyahu

While no one story dominated Americans’ news interest last week, news of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and Netanyahu’s speech to Congress drew more interest from Republicans than Democrats.

U.S. Politics Feb. 9, 2015

Large Majority Views Measles Vaccine as Safe

An 83% majority of Americans — including majorities across virtually every demographic and partisan group — say vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are safe for healthy children.

Media & News Jan. 28, 2015

After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for Religion

Following attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, U.S. public opinion of the appropriateness of the magazine’s cartoons of Prophet Muhammad show tension between free expression and religious tolerance.

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Many in U.S. followed Charlie Hebdo story closely, but past terrorist incidents abroad drew more attention

The attack on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo claiming 12 lives was the most closely followed news in the U.S. last week, but interest in the story was not as high when compared with four previous terrorist incidents abroad.

Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2014

Immigration changes draw broad public interest

President Obama’s executive action on immigration, expanding deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, attracted strong public interest last week.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

Ebola ranks among highest in news interest since 2010

About half of U.S. adults (49%) followed Ebola news very closely last week, elevating the story to our list of most-followed events since 2010.

U.S. Politics Oct. 21, 2014

Ebola Worries Rise, But Most Are ‘Fairly’ Confident in Government, Hospitals to Deal With Disease

Most people (58%) express little or no concern about becoming exposed to Ebola, though that is down from 67% in early October.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2014

For many Americans, a ‘meh’ midterm

Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans.

U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2014

Partisan Differences Over Depth of Recent Secret Service Problems

Following a White House security breach and reports of other Secret Service problems, roughly equal shares of the public think the recent issues are mainly isolated incidents as think they are signs of broader problems with the agency.