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.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2010

Strong Public Interest in Haiti Aftermath

Controversial topics at home — Toyota’s recall, gays in the military, the Tea Party convention — could not compete with devastation abroad for the public’s attention.

U.S. Politics Feb. 3, 2010

Haiti Remains Public’s Main Concern

While the media focus shifted to Obama and his speech before Congress, public attention remained on Haiti.

U.S. Politics Jan. 26, 2010

Health Care Reform Now Seen on Life Support

The public’s take on the chances that health care legislation will be enacted this year shifted dramatically after Scott Brown’s Jan. 19 victory in Massachusetts. About two-thirds (67%) now say they do not think a health care reform bill will be passed into law this year.

U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2010

Haiti Dominates Public’s Consciousness

Not only is the public closely tracking news from Haiti, 18% report they or someone in their household made a donation to those affected by the earthquake — many using the internet or other technology — while another 30% say they plan to donate. The Obama administration gets high marks for its response to the disaster.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2010

Despite Media Attention, Terrorism Does Not Top the Public’s News Agenda

Health care, winter weather and the economy were all just as big a story to Americans as the much-hyped terrorist attempt.

U.S. Politics Dec. 29, 2009

Stories of 2009: Public vs. Press

The media’s top stories generally reflected the public’s top interests, but the press gave more coverage to politics (Kennedy’s death, Palin’s book, Specter’s switch) than the public was willing to follow.

U.S. Politics Dec. 22, 2009

More Now Think Health Care Reform Will Pass

Americans continued to follow the health care debate more closely than any other news story last week, and the public gave the odds of a reform bill ultimately being passed the most positive assessment in two months of tracking.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2009

Health Reform Still Hard to Understand

Despite being the public’s top story, most Americans are still confused by the health care debate.

U.S. Politics Dec. 10, 2009

Public Follows War, Talks Tiger

While far fewer say they followed news about the golfer than about the troop decision, as many people say they talked with friends about Tiger Woods’ troubles as about Afghanistan.