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.

U.S. Politics Nov. 10, 2010

Election Results Draw Big Interest

Among those who followed election results the night of the vote, fully 91% did so on television while 28% tracked the returns on the internet.

U.S. Politics Nov. 3, 2010

No Late Surge in Campaign Interest

The public’s interest in election news did not increase in the final days of the campaign, despite heavy news coverage. While most heard at least a little about the California proposition to legalize marijuana, a majority heard nothing about the Stewart-Colbert rally.

U.S. Politics Oct. 27, 2010

Public Still More Interested in Economy than Elections

The public gives mixed ratings to the media for the job they have done covering the midterms. Also, nearly half say the GOP will gain control of the House.

U.S. Politics Oct. 20, 2010

Chilean Miners Captivate Public News Interest

While the public appears increasingly attentive to election news, far more followed news about the dramatic rescue in Chile.

U.S. Politics Oct. 14, 2010

Fewer Journalists Stand Out in Fragmented News Universe

No journalist is named by more than 5% of the public in response to an open-ended question. Also, more Americans now say that based on what they have heard or read, the GOP will win control of the House in November.