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.
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.
Health Care Still Top Story, But Many Track Volcano
Awareness of the Tea Party movement is increasing, but when asked to give a one-word impression of the group, a plurality of responses are negative.
Public Tracking Health Care, Deadly Mine Accident
Americans continued to track news about the new health care law more closely than any other major story last week, though the media devoted the most attention to the deadly explosion in a West Virginia coal mine.
Public Remains Focused on Health Care Reform
Close to half the public (48%) followed news about the new health care law most closely last week, dwarfing the 8% following the other top policy story, the economy, that closely
It Passed. So What’s in It?
Democrats and the affluent are more confident they understand the impact of the new law. Most Americans are turning to the media for details.
Public Critical of Media’s Health Care Coverage
On the day of the House vote, 62% said they thought the legislation would pass, up from just 43% last weekend. Many are critical of press handling of health care (details of the plan and the political debate).
Most have heard something about partisan tactics on the bill, but only a third know how many votes health care reform will need in the next Senate vote.
Post-Summit, More See Health Reform Passing
Belief that a bill will pass is on the rise, but still a minority opinion. Americans are still hearing mostly bad news about jobs.