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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.