Public Tracks Both Japan and Shutdown Fight
The public divided its attention last week between the threat of a government shutdown (a story with much media attention) and the ongoing crisis in Japan (a story with just one-fourth of the news coverage of the shutdown).
Public Sees Better News about Jobs, But Not Prices
While the public is hearing better news about jobs, news about prices (both gas and food) has become increasingly negative. Perceptions of the economic news vary along partisan lines, as Republicans offer a more negative assessment than do Democrats or independents.
Most Are Attentive to News About Disaster in Japan
News about the aftermath of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan dominated the public’s news interest and media coverage last week. The crisis at Japan’s nuclear plants — far more than other aspects of the story — captured the most public interest.
Strong Public Interest in Japan Disaster
The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan late last week dominated the public’s news interest in the days following the March 11 disaster, pushing aside earlier interest in the fighting in Libya and confrontation over public employee bargaining rights in Wisconsin.
Uptick in Gas Prices Turns Views of Economic News Negative
A growing awareness of bad news about gas prices has, at least for now, reversed Americans’ more positive perceptions of economic news in recent months.
Rising Oil Prices Big News for Public
With the media fixated on events in Libya, the public focused on a related concern that received little news coverage — rising oil prices.
Global Trouble Spots Top Public’s News Interests
The public expresses far more interest in news from global hot spots, including Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea, than in news from many less troubled countries.
Public Focus Remains on Egypt
As the media turned to domestic debates about the economy, the public continued to follow Egypt more closely than any other news story. Most Americans are aware of the attack on Lara Logan, a CBS correspondent in Egypt.
Mubarak Leaves, Public Interest Surges
Fully 48% say they followed news about Egyptian protests and Mubarak’s resignation more closely than any other story, far surpassing the week’s other stories. The 2012 campaign has gotten off to a much slower start when compared with the previous presidential election campaign.
Public Now More Focused on Egypt, but Coverage Far Surpasses Interest
The public’s interest in news about the massive anti-government protests in Egypt surged last week, but did not keep pace with the growth in media coverage. About as many Americans (26%) say the story they followed most closely was the powerful winter storm system that hit the Midwest and the Northeast, a story that accounted for just 8% of news coverage.