News Interest Index: Midterm Elections Still Top Public Interest

  • November 17, 2010

The public continued to focus most closely on the outcome of the midterm elections last week as news coverage highlighted their impact on the balance of power and the agenda in Washington.

A quarter of the public (25%) says they followed news about the election outcome more closely than any other major news. Nearly as many (20%) say they followed news about the still-struggling economy most closely, according to the latest News Interest Index survey conducted Nov. 11-14 among 1,001 adults.

The public's perceptions of economic news remain mixed, but are far less positive than earlier this year.  Roughly half (53%) say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy; 41% say they are hearing mostly bad news while just 5% say they are hearing mostly good news.

Read the full report, Midterm Elections Still Top Public Interest on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.