Economy, Elections and Pat Downs
While the economy and election continued to draw the most news interest, a third of the public followed the debate over airport screening procedures. Also, most have heard about the FDA’s warnings about alcoholic energy drinks.
Election Fallout Tops News Interest
A stranded cruise ship vied for attention while most say they heard at least a little about the graphic warning labels for cigarette packages proposed by the FDA and a mysterious trail in the sky off the coast of Southern California.
Election Results Draw Big Interest
Among those who followed election results the night of the vote, fully 91% did so on television while 28% tracked the returns on the internet.
No Late Surge in Campaign Interest
The public’s interest in election news did not increase in the final days of the campaign, despite heavy news coverage. While most heard at least a little about the California proposition to legalize marijuana, a majority heard nothing about the Stewart-Colbert rally.
Public Still More Interested in Economy than Elections
The public gives mixed ratings to the media for the job they have done covering the midterms. Also, nearly half say the GOP will gain control of the House.
Chilean Miners Captivate Public News Interest
While the public appears increasingly attentive to election news, far more followed news about the dramatic rescue in Chile.
Fewer Journalists Stand Out in Fragmented News Universe
No journalist is named by more than 5% of the public in response to an open-ended question. Also, more Americans now say that based on what they have heard or read, the GOP will win control of the House in November.
Shifting Perceptions of Economic Coverage
Perceptions of media coverage of the economy since October 2008 vary dramatically by party. Also, the press are still far more interested in the midterms than the public.
Elections: High Coverage, Low Public Interest
While most Americans have heard at least a little about a possible GOP takeover of the House, few have heard a lot about the GOP’s “Pledge” or Stewart and Colbert’s rallies in Washington.
How You Feel About Midterms Depends on Your Party
Republicans are more likely to say this year’s election is more important than most and that news coverage of politics makes them angry. They are also more upbeat about their preferred candidates’ chances in November than are Democrats or independents.