Fact Tank Apr. 10, 2014

What kinds of Supreme Court cases interest Americans? Not campaign finance

The public paid relatively little attention to last week’s major Supreme Court ruling striking down campaign contribution limits, but other high-profile cases do get a lot of attention.

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Media & News Mar. 26, 2014

Media & News Indicators Database

This database includes detailed data on trends in the news industry. Search by keyword, topic or click on the charts to find data on audience, economics, social media, and reporting resources.

U.S. Politics Mar. 24, 2014

Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage

The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week. While the story has attracted extensive news coverage, most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner.

Fact Tank Jan. 15, 2014

What to anticipate in 2014? Many young adults say soccer’s World Cup

Nearly six-in-ten Americans (58%) say they’re “especially looking forward” to the Winter Olympics next month, including roughly equal shares of each age group. But when it comes to this year’s other quadrennial international sports event – the World Cup – it’s largely young people who are anticipating it. It’s not that young people aren’t looking […]

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2014

Christie Story Attracts Little Public Interest

The public paid far more attention to last week’s cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Fact Tank Nov. 22, 2013

Where were you when JFK was shot? Only 28.9% of Americans can answer that

Less than one-third of Americans were of age to recall personal memories from the day JFK was shot.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2013

Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution

The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2013

Wide Racial Gap on Who’s Following Zimmerman Trial

The final days of the George Zimmerman trial attracted modest public interest, with 26% following the news very closely. But blacks were twice as likely as whites to say they tracked the trial “very closely.”

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2013

Royal baby news? Most Americans don’t follow the British royal family

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge – formerly known as Kate Middleton – are expecting the birth of their first child any day now, an event that will once again bring the royal family into the spotlight, whether the public welcomes the news coverage or not. In December 2012, a quarter of Americans said […]

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2013

Sanford, Weiner and Spitzer: Trying to overcome the headlines from their scandals

Three politicians who were forced from office by scandal are currently attempting comebacks. They are trying to overcome misdeeds that put them in the top five political scandals of recent years as measured by the amount of news coverage.