Obama’s Trip Closely Followed
Obama’s trip to the G-20 summit got a good deal more attention than Bush’s first international summit travel in 2001.
Little Sign of Obama Fatigue
In contrast to the campaign, only a third say they are hearing too much about Obama. But there are wide partisan differences on perceptions of his media coverage.
AIG Taxes Broadly Supported
Most Americans found the media attention the AIG received appropriate and a majority supports Congress’ response to tax the bonuses.
Public Sees More of a Mix of Good and Bad Economic News
Though the economy remains the top story, more Americans say they heard a lot about the reports of Chris Brown abusing Rihanna than the dispute between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer.
Stop the Presses? Many Americans Wouldn’t Care a Lot if Local Papers Folded
Fewer than half say losing their local paper would hurt severely civic life; even fewer say they would miss reading it a lot.
States’ Budget Woes Register With Public
Interest in Obama’s speech to Congress was comparable to interest in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union, in which he made his case for war with Iraq.
Many Say Government on Right Track on Economy
An increasing number of Americans say the government’s action on the economy is on the right track.
On the Economy, Bad News Better Than No News
Americans overwhelmingly feel better knowing what’s going on even if it’s bad news, but significantly more now say that reports about the economy have some good sides.
Stimulus News Seen as More Negative Than Positive
Most Americans are following the debate over the stimulus package closely but many want to hear more information on the specifics of the proposals.
Policy Issues Overshadow Personal Stories in Obama’s First Weeks
The public focused much more on President Obama’s stimulus plans than on his successful bid to keep his Blackberry. Also, fully eight-in-ten say they have heard a lot about the coming switch to digital TV.