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.

U.S. Politics Oct. 7, 2010

Shifting Perceptions of Economic Coverage

Perceptions of media coverage of the economy since October 2008 vary dramatically by party. Also, the press are still far more interested in the midterms than the public.

U.S. Politics Sep. 29, 2010

Elections: High Coverage, Low Public Interest

While most Americans have heard at least a little about a possible GOP takeover of the House, few have heard a lot about the GOP’s “Pledge” or Stewart and Colbert’s rallies in Washington.

U.S. Politics Sep. 22, 2010

How You Feel About Midterms Depends on Your Party

Republicans are more likely to say this year’s election is more important than most and that news coverage of politics makes them angry. They are also more upbeat about their preferred candidates’ chances in November than are Democrats or independents.

U.S. Politics Sep. 15, 2010

Public Focused on Tensions over Islam

As the nation marked the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks last week, many in the public and the media focused more on current tensions over Islam in America.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2010

Americans Spending More Time Following the News

Americans are increasingly integrating new technologies into their news consumption habits. As a result, the average time spent with the news is as high as it was in the mid-1990s.