News interest: Conservatives big on Benghazi, liberals follow Nigeria kidnappings and Sterling
There was a sharp partisan divide last week on which stories most interested liberals and conservatives: Liberals tracked most closely the kidnappings in Nigeria and the Donald Sterling controversy, while conservatives were most interested in Benghazi.
What kinds of Supreme Court cases interest Americans? Not campaign finance
The public paid relatively little attention to last week’s major Supreme Court ruling striking down campaign contribution limits, but other high-profile cases do get a lot of attention.
Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage
The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week. While the story has attracted extensive news coverage, most Americans do not feel there has been too much coverage of the missing jetliner.
What to anticipate in 2014? Many young adults say soccer’s World Cup
Nearly six-in-ten Americans (58%) say they’re “especially looking forward” to the Winter Olympics next month, including roughly equal shares of each age group. But when it comes to this year’s other quadrennial international sports event – the World Cup – it’s largely young people who are anticipating it. It’s not that young people aren’t looking […]
Christie Story Attracts Little Public Interest
The public paid far more attention to last week’s cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Where were you when JFK was shot? Only 28.9% of Americans can answer that
Less than one-third of Americans were of age to recall personal memories from the day JFK was shot.
Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.
Wide Racial Gap on Who’s Following Zimmerman Trial
The final days of the George Zimmerman trial attracted modest public interest, with 26% following the news very closely. But blacks were twice as likely as whites to say they tracked the trial “very closely.”
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 […]
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.