Public Worried, Informed About H1N1
Most Americans are confident in the government’s ability to deal with the swine flue, less trust the media to accurately report on it.
International Stories Don’t Register
While health care is the public’s top story, as many heard about Brett Farve as protesters bringing guns to town halls. Most heard news about the availability of swine flu vaccines.
Death Panels Live On With Fox Viewers
Regular viewers of Fox News Channel are far more likely than viewers of other cable news channels and nightly network news to say claims of death panels are true.
Americans Hear Improvement in Tone of Economic News
Americans are hearing better news coverage about financial markets, real estate and prices. Also, as the health care debate tops interest, town hall protests register widely, with a majority calling the behavior appropriate.
Many Fault Media Coverage of Health Care Debate
As the fight in Washington over health care reform continues to dominate public attention and media coverage, most Americans are critical of the way news organizations are explaining key elements of the debate.
Health Care Tops Interest
The debate over health care reform has become the public’s top story. The Gate’s controversy draws more interest than other recent stories about race.
Health Reform Interests but Confuses Public
Nearly all Americans say health care reform is important, and most even consider the debate interesting rather than boring. But many are also confused by it, and want more news coverage. Also, Americans have grown more critical of the government’s handling of the economy.
Too Much Jackson? Not at the Water Cooler
While many Americans may say he has received too much coverage, Michael remained by far the most talked about news story. Also, on Palin, press bias lies in the eye of the partisan beholder.
Wilted Green Shoots
The number of Americans hearing mostly negative economic news has been steadily rising since May, especially among independents.
King of Pop Remains on Top
Though Jackson was most watched, many still had time to hear plenty about Mark Sanford’s “love story.”