Fact Tank Nov. 24, 2014

Immigration changes draw broad public interest

President Obama’s executive action on immigration, expanding deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants, attracted strong public interest last week.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

Ebola ranks among highest in news interest since 2010

About half of U.S. adults (49%) followed Ebola news very closely last week, elevating the story to our list of most-followed events since 2010.

U.S. Politics Oct. 21, 2014

Ebola Worries Rise, But Most Are ‘Fairly’ Confident in Government, Hospitals to Deal With Disease

Most people (58%) express little or no concern about becoming exposed to Ebola, though that is down from 67% in early October.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2014

For many Americans, a ‘meh’ midterm

Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans.

U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2014

Partisan Differences Over Depth of Recent Secret Service Problems

Following a White House security breach and reports of other Secret Service problems, roughly equal shares of the public think the recent issues are mainly isolated incidents as think they are signs of broader problems with the agency.

U.S. Politics Sep. 15, 2014

Bipartisan Support for U.S. Military Campaign against ISIS

In a rare display of bipartisanship, majorities of both Republicans (64%) and Democrats (60%) approve of President Obama’s plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raises important issues about race and that police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath.

U.S. Politics Aug. 5, 2014

Modest Improvement in Views of Economic News

Amid recent reports on the U.S. unemployment rate and gross domestic product, public views of economic news have improved modestly since February.

Fact Tank Jun. 30, 2014

Americans show modest interest in Iraq news, less interest in World Cup

So far, the growing crisis in Iraq has not drawn strong interest from the American public. As Sunni militants extend their control of large swaths of Iraq, 25% say they are paying very close attention to the growing violence and political instability in Iraq. By comparison, 28% of Americans surveyed June 26-29 say they followed […]

Fact Tank May. 20, 2014

News interest: Conservatives big on Benghazi, liberals follow Nigeria kidnappings and Sterling

There was a sharp partisan divide last week on which stories most interested liberals and conservatives: Liberals tracked most closely the kidnappings in Nigeria and the Donald Sterling controversy, while conservatives were most interested in Benghazi.