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.”
Too Much Michael?
The public closely tracked the sudden death of pop superstar Michael Jackson last week, though nearly two-in-three Americans say news organizations gave the story too much coverage.
Iran’s Interesting… For a Foreign Story
The share of the public following the situation in Iran ranks near the top of recent international stories, excluding those directly involving the U.S., rivaling interest in the economy.
Job Situation is Bad News
While Americans say they are hearing more of a mix of good and bad news about prices, financial markets and real estate, news about jobs is seen as overwhelmingly bad.
Different Stories, Different Audiences
Four-in-ten of those who watch Fox News regularly say that coverage of Obama has not been critical enough.
First Impressions of Sotomayor Mostly Positive
While a plurality of Americans say coverage of the nomination has been fair, Republicans are significantly more likely to say it has not been critical enough.
Public Not That Into Terror Debate
While the media may love a political fight, Americans say they are following stories about money and health.