People Want to Know, Even If News is Grim

Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Tom Abate

02/20/2009 - The economic news may be grim, but 85 percent of Americans said they feel better knowing what's going on, according to an opinion survey published Thursday.

"The economy has a personal connection that most stories don't," said Carroll Doherty, editor of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. "People feel like they need to know."

Pew asked a random sample of 1,000 Americans this month whether they had started to tune out the dire economic coverage. Fewer than 15 percent said yes.

The survey found that 46 percent of respondents said they don't have enough background information to understand the crisis or evaluate proposed solutions.

Doherty said people pay attention to economic news because it affects them. Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed by Pew this month had been touched by a job worry over the last year, such as a layoff, a reduction in pay or hours, or a job loss by a member of their household.

Read the full article People Want to Know, Even If News is Grim on the San Francisco Chronicle's Web site.

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