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.

U.S. Politics Jun. 15, 2011

Public Focused on Economy, Media on Weiner Scandal

Solid majorities say news organizations have given too much coverage to the Weiner photo scandal (63%) and to Sarah Palin’s bus tour of historic sites (58%).

U.S. Politics Jun. 8, 2011

Number Hearing “Mostly Bad” Economic News Highest Since March 2009

Not since March 2009 have so many Americans been hearing mostly bad news about the nation’s economy. Romney and Palin have become the most visible GOP presidential candidates.

U.S. Politics Jun. 1, 2011

Public Closely Follows Midwest Storms

The devastating tornadoes that struck Missouri last week dominated the public’s news interest. Also, three-quarters say they heard at least a little about the end of Oprah’s talk show.

U.S. Politics May. 18, 2011

Still Talking About bin Laden’s Death

While interest and coverage has waned, the bin Laden killing is by far the public’s most talked about news event. Also, the 2012 campaign continues to get only modest attention, but Newt Gingrich’s visibility has risen substantially.

U.S. Politics May. 11, 2011

Death of bin Laden: More Coverage than Interest

While the bin Laden’s death attracted a near-record amount of news coverage, public interest has been comparatively modest. In fact, four-in-ten say the story has received too much media attention.