U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2011

Watching Obama’s State of the Union

Most Americans say they plan to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Still, a sizable majority sees the speech to Congress as no more important than in previous years.

U.S. Politics Jan. 18, 2011

Bipartisan Praise for Obama Memorial Speech

Among those who heard at least a little about President Obama’s speech at a memorial service at the University of Arizona, 69% said the address was either excellent or good. By contrast, the response to Sarah Palin’s comments about the shootings proved more mixed.

U.S. Politics Jan. 12, 2011

Fewer Hearing “Mostly Bad” Economic News

Americans hearing mostly bad news about the economy has dropped to its lowest point since the financial collapse. Republicans, in particular, are much less likely to say they are hearing mostly bad economic news than they were a month ago.

U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2011

Press Coverage and Public Interest

The public tended to maintain its interest in major breaking news stories considerably longer than the press did. And the press tended to maintain substantially more interest in Washington Beltway controversies than did its audience.

U.S. Politics Dec. 30, 2010

Public’s Top Stories of the Decade — 9/11 and Katrina

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 drew more public interest than any other story in the past decade. The 2005 hurricanes in the Gulf, high gasoline prices and the collapse of the economy in 2008 also grabbed overwhelming public attention.

U.S. Politics Dec. 21, 2010

Top Stories of 2010: Haiti Earthquake, Gulf Oil Spill

Two major disasters captured the public’s attention more than any other major stories in 2010, but Americans also kept a consistent eye on the nation’s struggling economy.

U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2010

Public Closely Tracks Tax Deal News

The debate over taxes and the economy grabbed the public’s attention more than most Washington policy discussions. Republicans are more likely than Democrats or independents to say they followed news closely.

U.S. Politics Dec. 8, 2010

Public Sees WikiLeaks as Harmful

Most Americans following news about the WikiLeaks’s release of classified documents about U.S. diplomatic relations see the revelations doing more harm than good.

U.S. Politics Nov. 24, 2010

Economy, Elections and Pat Downs

While the economy and election continued to draw the most news interest, a third of the public followed the debate over airport screening procedures. Also, most have heard about the FDA’s warnings about alcoholic energy drinks.

U.S. Politics Nov. 17, 2010

Election Fallout Tops News Interest

A stranded cruise ship vied for attention while most say they heard at least a little about the graphic warning labels for cigarette packages proposed by the FDA and a mysterious trail in the sky off the coast of Southern California.