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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Colorado Rampage Tops News Interest for July
In the final two weeks of July, Americans kept a close watch on news about a deadly shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater, but they also closely tracked news about two long-running stories – the condition of the nation’s economy and the 2012 presidential campaign.
Colorado Shootings Capture Public’s Interest
The shooting rampage that killed 12 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has become one of the most closely followed news stories in 2012. Polling done earlier this year shows the public remains divided about gun control.