Pew Research CenterJune 3, 2010

Public Remains Fixated by Oil Spill

The Gulf oil spill continues to grab the public’s attention. Interest in the disaster rivals attention paid to the Haiti earthquake earlier this year.

Pew Research CenterMay 26, 2010

Public Not as Ready as Media for Elections

Perceptions of financial regulation are similar to views of health care reform last year: many say the issue is important, personal and interesting, but also hard to understand.

Pew Research CenterMay 26, 2010

What Has America Talking?

The news topics that come up frequently in conversation have changed markedly in recent years. Check out what’s being traded around the nation’s water coolers.

Pew Research CenterMay 19, 2010

Oil Spill Increases Hold on Public’s News Interest

While most are not following Elena Kagan, the public wants the press to focus on credentials, not personal lives, when analyzing Supreme Court nominees. Meanwhile, the oil spill continues to dominate the public’s news interest.

Pew Research CenterMay 12, 2010

Oil Tops Terror in Public Attention

Americans followed the worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico more closely than other major news stories last week, while the media focused on both the underwater oil leak and the investigation into the attempted car bombing in New York’s Times Square. The public sees little change in the tenor of recent economic news.

Pew Research CenterMay 5, 2010

Oil Spill Disaster Has Public’s Attention

About eight-in-ten Americans know that oil leak is off the coast of Louisiana and that the controversial immigration law was passed in Arizona; less than half know about Charlie Crist.

Pew Research CenterApril 28, 2010

Financial Regulation and Volcano Ash Grab Public’s Attention

Most Americans say financial institutions have paid back “only some” of the money provided by the federal government to help them survive the financial crisis.

Pew Research CenterApril 22, 2010

Health Care Still Top Story, But Many Track Volcano

Awareness of the Tea Party movement is increasing, but when asked to give a one-word impression of the group, a plurality of responses are negative.

Pew Research CenterApril 14, 2010

Public Tracking Health Care, Deadly Mine Accident

Americans continued to track news about the new health care law more closely than any other major story last week, though the media devoted the most attention to the deadly explosion in a West Virginia coal mine.

Pew Research CenterApril 7, 2010

Public Remains Focused on Health Care Reform

Close to half the public (48%) followed news about the new health care law most closely last week, dwarfing the 8% following the other top policy story, the economy, that closely