U.S. PoliticsNovember 19, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 11, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 5, 2009

Swine Flu Interest Outpaces Coverage

The public’s impression of economic news remains mixed at best, with 68% hearing “mostly bad news” about jobs.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 29, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 22, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 15, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 8, 2009

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.

Media & NewsOctober 5, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 30, 2009

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.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 23, 2009

Little Evidence of Obama Overexposure

The number of Americans hearing “too much” about the president has not increased during his push for health care.