U.S. Politics Dec. 29, 2009

Stories of 2009: Public vs. Press

The media’s top stories generally reflected the public’s top interests, but the press gave more coverage to politics (Kennedy’s death, Palin’s book, Specter’s switch) than the public was willing to follow.

U.S. Politics Dec. 22, 2009

More Now Think Health Care Reform Will Pass

Americans continued to follow the health care debate more closely than any other news story last week, and the public gave the odds of a reform bill ultimately being passed the most positive assessment in two months of tracking.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2009

Health Reform Still Hard to Understand

Despite being the public’s top story, most Americans are still confused by the health care debate.

U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2009

Public Follows War, Talks Tiger

While far fewer say they followed news about the golfer than about the troop decision, as many people say they talked with friends about Tiger Woods’ troubles as about Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Nov. 25, 2009

Few in Public Follow Palin Closely

Most Americans (52%) say they have been hearing too much about Palin, far more than said so after her resignation in July (38%).

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2009

What the Public Hears About Health Care

Debate over the public option has been more visible than any other specific element of reform. While few have heard how reform would be paid for, many more have heard about its cost.

U.S. Politics Nov. 11, 2009

Shootings Seize Public’s Attention

Public attention to the Fort Hood shootings is on par with the tragedy in Virginia Tech. Despite media coverage, election results don’t generate much interest.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2009

Swine Flu Interest Outpaces Coverage

The public’s impression of economic news remains mixed at best, with 68% hearing “mostly bad news” about jobs.

U.S. Politics Oct. 29, 2009

How the Public Judges News Network Ideology

The perception of Fox News as mostly conservative is shared across news audiences, but Fox News viewers are more likely to see the other cable and network stations as mostly liberal.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2009

Public Finds Afghanistan News Unchanging, Hard to Follow

As interest in the war remains modest, most Americans are unable to correctly estimate the number of U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan. Also, a majority now expects health care reform to pass.