News Interest Index

The News Interest Index from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is a weekly poll of the public’s interest in and attentiveness to major news stories. It gauges both how closely the public follows the major stories in the news and people’s attitudes about those stories covered.

This project is undertaken in conjunction with the News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.  The News Coverage Index is an ongoing content analysis of the news. Every week, the findings of the two surveys are paired to indicate the interplay between the stories that interest the public and their handling by the major news media. The findings of these surveys help journalists and researchers analyze news coverage, and also can enable news directors make better-informed decisions.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is a part of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. and a Pew subsidiary. The Pew Research Center conducts public opinion polling and social science research; monitors news and analyzes news coverage; and holds forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues.

For more information, visit the People-Press’ News Interest Index.

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