U.S. Politics May. 20, 2009

Car Dealership Closings Draw Wide Attention

News about the car dealership closings is as big as last fall’s bank failings. Also, who watches “Idol”?

U.S. Politics May. 13, 2009

Public Sees Less Glum News About Economy

Gender gaps emerge on top stories. Men follow the economy and Manny; women prefer the flu and first face transplant operation.

U.S. Politics May. 6, 2009

Virus Goes Viral Online

While most Americans are turning to TV to learn about the swine flu, the internet ranks as the leading source for “useful” information.

U.S. Politics Apr. 22, 2009

Fox News Stands Out as “Too Critical” of Obama

Top newsmakers included an allegedly murderous Sunday school teacher, a highly placed dog, a startling new singing sensation and a retiring sportscaster.

U.S. Politics Apr. 15, 2009

Most Now Say News Paints Mixed Economic Picture

Far more Republicans hearing at least some good economic news.

U.S. Politics Apr. 8, 2009

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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2009

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 25, 2009

AIG Taxes Broadly Supported

Most Americans found the media attention the AIG received appropriate and a majority supports Congress’ response to tax the bonuses.

U.S. Politics Mar. 18, 2009

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2009

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.