U.S. Politics Apr. 22, 2010

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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 14, 2010

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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 7, 2010

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

U.S. Politics Mar. 31, 2010

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 23, 2010

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).

U.S. Politics Mar. 17, 2010

Legislative Lessons

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 10, 2010

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 3, 2010

Public Focuses on Health Care and Olympics

Following the White House health care summit about a third of Americans think reform will pass this year, up from 27% before the meeting.

U.S. Politics Feb. 24, 2010

Sports Centered

The Winter Olympics proved to be the public’s top story, while Americans’ favorite water-cooler topic was Tiger Woods.

U.S. Politics Feb. 17, 2010

Haiti, Snowstorms, Economy Vie for Public’s Attention

Seven-in-ten say the media gave the right amount of coverage to the fierce winter snow storms that hit the East Coast and the South.