U.S. Politics Jan. 31, 2012

Primary Fight and Obama Speech Top News Interest

In the days before Tuesday’s hard-fought Florida primary and just after the president’s State of the Union address, political stories topped the public’s news interest.

U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2012

Cruise Ship Accident, Election Top Public’s Interest

The deadly crash of a cruise ship off of the coast of Italy and the latest developments in the 2012 presidential campaign topped the public’s news interests last week.

U.S. Politics Jan. 18, 2012

Campaign 2012: Too Negative, Too Long, Dull

Half of Americans say the presidential campaign has been too negative and 55% of the public describe the 2012 contest so far as dull. Nearly six-in-ten (57%) describe the campaign as dull.

U.S. Politics Oct. 5, 2011

GOP Candidates Hardly Household Names

Smaller percentages of Americans can name, without being prompted, the leading candidates in this year’s Republican presidential race than in previous GOP races. At this stage of the campaign in the 1996, 2000 and 2008 campaigns, significantly more Americans could name Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Rudolph Giuliani than they could for Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.

U.S. Politics Jul. 27, 2011

Debt Stalemate Top Story, But No Surge in Public Interest

The debt limit was the top story last week for both the public and the news media, although public interest in the federal budget deficit and national debt is not much higher than it was the previous week despite the approaching Aug. 2 deadline for raising the ceiling.

U.S. Politics Jul. 19, 2011

Debt Limit Fight Tops News Interest, Coverage

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that the debate over the nation’s debt limit is important to people like themselves (90%), while nearly seven-in-ten (68%) say it is interesting.

U.S. Politics Jul. 13, 2011

Casey Anthony Verdict Top Story for Public and Social Networkers

Americans followed news about the verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial more closely than other top stories, but they also kept a watch on news about the struggling economy and talks in Washington over raising the federal debt limit.

U.S. Politics Jul. 7, 2011

Interest in Campaign News On Par With 2007

While the focus this year has been on the GOP’s race, Democrats express about as much interest in 2012 candidates as do Republicans.

U.S. Politics Jun. 29, 2011

Economy, Afghanistan Top News Interest, Coverage

Americans focused most closely last week on news about the nation’s struggling economy and President Obama’s plans to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan, two stories that also topped news coverage last week.

U.S. Politics Jun. 22, 2011

Economy, Weiner Top Public’s News Interests

Mitt Romney is clearly the candidate the public says they are hearing the most news about, while mentions of Sarah Palin have plummeted over the past two weeks.