U.S. Politics Jul. 28, 2010

Sherrod Story: Heavy Coverage, Modest Interest

Despite heavy coverage of the Shirley Sherrod affair, the oil leak in the Gulf was by far the public’s most closely followed news story.

U.S. Politics Jul. 21, 2010

Public Hears Better News from the Gulf

Most Americans are hearing some good news from the Gulf. On balance, more see Republicans gaining a majority in House after the fall elections.

U.S. Politics Jul. 14, 2010

Interest in Oil Leak Dips Along with Coverage

Large majorities say news organizations gave too much coverage last week to Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes and LeBron James’ announcement.

U.S. Politics Jul. 8, 2010

Public Increasingly Hearing Mostly Bad Economic News

Perceptions of economic news have turned much more negative in the past month, with news about jobs seen as especially dour.

U.S. Politics Jun. 30, 2010

Public, Media Track Oil Leak, Diverge On McChrystal

The public remained focused on the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last week, while the media divided their attention between the oil leak and controversial comments by Gen. Stanley McChrystal that led to his ouster as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Jun. 22, 2010

Public Sees Right Amount of Oil Leak Coverage

As press coverage of the oil spill continues to increase, most Americans say the media are giving the right amount or too little attention to the unfolding disaster. Interest in the World Cup is low but on par with past tournaments.

U.S. Politics Jun. 16, 2010

Public Sees No Improvement in Economic News

Most Americans continue to see a mix of good and bad economic news. The Gulf oil leak still tops news interest.

U.S. Politics Jun. 9, 2010

Public Trusts Media for Oil Spill News More than Feds, BP

For information about the Gulf, the public has far more trust in the news media than in either the government or BP. Americans are far more interested in the environmental impact of the disaster than in the response of politicians or assessments of blame for the disaster.

U.S. Politics Jun. 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.

U.S. Politics May. 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.