Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2013

Royal baby news? Most Americans don’t follow the British royal family

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge – formerly known as Kate Middleton – are expecting the birth of their first child any day now, an event that will once again bring the royal family into the spotlight, whether the public welcomes the news coverage or not. In December 2012, a quarter of Americans said […]

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2013

Sanford, Weiner and Spitzer: Trying to overcome the headlines from their scandals

Three politicians who were forced from office by scandal are currently attempting comebacks. They are trying to overcome misdeeds that put them in the top five political scandals of recent years as measured by the amount of news coverage.

U.S. Politics May. 29, 2013

Most Say Disaster Spending Does Not Require Offsetting Cuts

As Oklahoma recovers from last week’s tornado, a majority of Americans (59%) say federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs, while 29% say it does.

U.S. Politics May. 13, 2013

Public Interest in Benghazi Investigation Remains Limited

Fewer than half of Americans say they are following the Benghazi hearings very or fairly closely, virtually unchanged from late January when Hillary Clinton testified.

U.S. Politics Apr. 8, 2013

Gun Debate Tops Public Interest

The public is paying far closer attention to news about the gun control debate than news about threats from North Korea or the debate over immigration policy.

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U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Timeline: Top News Stories of 2012

A look at the public’s top 15 news stories of 2012, according to Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index.

U.S. Politics Dec. 17, 2012

Public Divided Over Newtown Shootings

Americans are evenly divided over whether the Newtown shootings reflect broader problems in society or are just isolated acts of troubled individuals.

Media & News Dec. 14, 2012

The Media, Religion and the 2012 Campaign for President

A striking feature of the 2012 race for the White House – a contest that pitted the first Mormon nominee from a major party against an incumbent president whose faith had been a source of controversy four years earlier – is how little the subject of religion came up in the media.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2012

More Following ’Fiscal Cliff’ Debate Than Petraeus Investigation

Nearly identical percentages of Republicans (36%) and Democrats (35%) say they very closely followed the debate over the automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect at the beginning of next year unless the president and Congress act.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2012

More Interest in Hurricane Sandy than Election

Just over half of the public (53%) say they followed news about Hurricane Sandy and the storm’s impact very closely last week, outpacing interest in the 2012 presidential election (47% very closely) and news about the U.S. economy (38% very closely).