U.S. Politics Jun. 29, 2007

Iraq Dominates News Landscape in First Half of 2007

So far, the war in Iraq has eclipsed most other 2007news stories. Second string stories ranged from politics and crime to pet food and celebrities, but the public stayed primarily tuned to casualties and troop levels.

U.S. Politics Jun. 7, 2007

Public Wants to Know More about Darfur and Many Favor U.S. Involvement

As world leaders gather in Germany for the annual G-8 meeting, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur will be high on their agenda. Pew’s latest surveys find nearly half of Americans believing the United States has a moral obligation to do something about the ethnic genocide there, and a modest plurality thinking the U.S. should send troops.

U.S. Politics May. 30, 2007

Gas Prices Grab the Public’s Attention

Interest in news about inflation at the pump goes beyond learning where to find the cheapest gallon and extends to impacts on the national economy.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2007

Public Chows Down on Pet Food Recall

The recall of more than 100 brands of pet food due to possible contamination was the second most closely followed news story last week. Only events in Iraq attracted more public interest.

U.S. Politics Apr. 25, 2007

Blacksburg Tragedy Draws Close Public Attention, but Less Than Columbine Did Eight Years Ago

Fully 45% of Americans paid very close attention to the Va. Tech shootings but more than two-thirds of Americans (68%) paid very close attention to the Columbine incident in 1999.

U.S. Politics Apr. 18, 2007

Events in Iraq Top Don Imus in News Interest

The war in Iraq continued to attract broad public attention, despite drawing far less news coverage than the Imus flap. Overall, 26% of Americans cited the war as the story they followed most closely, compared with 20% who followed the Imus story most closely.

U.S. Politics Apr. 5, 2007

Iraq Tops News Interest – and Anna Holds Her Own

While the media focused more on British sailors held in Iran and the US attorneys scandal, news from Iraq remains the public’s clear priority. The core Anna Nicole Smith audience remains as large as in February, despite far more limited press coverage.

U.S. Politics Mar. 26, 2007

Solid Majority Favors Congressional Troop Deadline

40% now say the situation in Iraq is going fairly or very well but nearly six in ten want their representative to vote for a withdrawal deadline and only 36% think the U.S. troop buildup will work.

U.S. Politics Mar. 1, 2007

Anna Nicole Audience Praises Press Coverage

Even though most Americans (61%) think Anna Nicole Smith’s death has been over-covered, the press gets high marks from that portion of the public (more than a third) who are following the story closely. Two-thirds of this group rate the coverage as good or excellent – better marks than the press receives from the audiences of any of the other top stories of the past week. This is in line with poll findings about previous tabloid stories: their core audiences think the press does a great job of covering them.

U.S. Politics Feb. 16, 2007

Too Much Anna Nicole, But the Saga Attracts an Audience

Comparisons between Pew’s new gauge of public interest in the week’s news and the PEJ’s News Coverage Index find the public and the press often in agreement about the most important news stories.