Sherrod Story: Heavy Coverage, Modest Interest
Despite heavy coverage of the Shirley Sherrod affair, the oil leak in the Gulf was by far the public’s most closely followed news story.
Public Hears Better News from the Gulf
Most Americans are hearing some good news from the Gulf. On balance, more see Republicans gaining a majority in House after the fall elections.
Interest in Oil Leak Dips Along with Coverage
Large majorities say news organizations gave too much coverage last week to Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes and LeBron James’ announcement.
Public Increasingly Hearing Mostly Bad Economic News
Perceptions of economic news have turned much more negative in the past month, with news about jobs seen as especially dour.
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.