What the Public Hears About Health Care
Debate over the public option has been more visible than any other specific element of reform. While few have heard how reform would be paid for, many more have heard about its cost.
Shootings Seize Public’s Attention
Public attention to the Fort Hood shootings is on par with the tragedy in Virginia Tech. Despite media coverage, election results don’t generate much interest.
Swine Flu Interest Outpaces Coverage
The public’s impression of economic news remains mixed at best, with 68% hearing “mostly bad news” about jobs.
How the Public Judges News Network Ideology
The perception of Fox News as mostly conservative is shared across news audiences, but Fox News viewers are more likely to see the other cable and network stations as mostly liberal.
Public Finds Afghanistan News Unchanging, Hard to Follow
As interest in the war remains modest, most Americans are unable to correctly estimate the number of U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan. Also, a majority now expects health care reform to pass.
Swine Flu News Gets a Shot in the Arm
Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say the media are overstating the danger of the swine flu and that they would not get vaccinated.
Public Renews Rx for Health Care News
Health care has been the public’s top story for weeks, and few say it has received too much media coverage. But a large majority still finds the topic hard to understand.
Covering the Great Recession
The gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression has been covered in the media largely from the top down, told primarily from the perspective of the Obama administration and big business.
Media Have Less Influence on Views about Health Care, Economy
News outlets play much less of a role in shaping views of health reform and the economy — where personal experiences are an important factor — than they do on environmental issues and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Little Evidence of Obama Overexposure
The number of Americans hearing “too much” about the president has not increased during his push for health care.