U.S. Politics Aug. 12, 2009

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.

U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

Many Fault Media Coverage of Health Care Debate

As the fight in Washington over health care reform continues to dominate public attention and media coverage, most Americans are critical of the way news organizations are explaining key elements of the debate.

U.S. Politics Jul. 30, 2009

Health Care Tops Interest

The debate over health care reform has become the public’s top story. The Gate’s controversy draws more interest than other recent stories about race.

U.S. Politics Jul. 22, 2009

Health Reform Interests but Confuses Public

Nearly all Americans say health care reform is important, and most even consider the debate interesting rather than boring. But many are also confused by it, and want more news coverage. Also, Americans have grown more critical of the government’s handling of the economy.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2009

Too Much Jackson? Not at the Water Cooler

While many Americans may say he has received too much coverage, Michael remained by far the most talked about news story. Also, on Palin, press bias lies in the eye of the partisan beholder.

U.S. Politics Jul. 8, 2009

Wilted Green Shoots

The number of Americans hearing mostly negative economic news has been steadily rising since May, especially among independents.

U.S. Politics Jul. 8, 2009

King of Pop Remains on Top

Though Jackson was most watched, many still had time to hear plenty about Mark Sanford’s “love story.”

U.S. Politics Jul. 1, 2009

Too Much Michael?

The public closely tracked the sudden death of pop superstar Michael Jackson last week, though nearly two-in-three Americans say news organizations gave the story too much coverage.

U.S. Politics Jun. 24, 2009

Iran’s Interesting… For a Foreign Story

The share of the public following the situation in Iran ranks near the top of recent international stories, excluding those directly involving the U.S., rivaling interest in the economy.

U.S. Politics Jun. 17, 2009

Job Situation is Bad News

While Americans say they are hearing more of a mix of good and bad news about prices, financial markets and real estate, news about jobs is seen as overwhelmingly bad.