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.

U.S. Politics May. 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.

U.S. Politics May. 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.

U.S. Politics May. 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.

U.S. Politics May. 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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 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.