News Interest Index: Tucson Rampage Still Top Story for Public

Jan 26, 2011

The public continued to show strong interest last week in news about the shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., though the story did not dominate media coverage as it had one week earlier.

More than four-in-ten Americans (44%) say they followed news about the aftermath of the Jan. 8 shootings more closely than any other news last week, according to the latest News Interest Index survey conducted Jan. 20-23 among 1,001 adults. One week earlier, 49% said this was the news they followed most closely.

News about the shootings and what followed them – with a strong focus on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery and debate over angry political rhetoric in the United States – accounted for 17% of coverage last week, according to a separate analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ). The story accounted for 57% of the newshole in the week immediately after the shootings.

Read the full report, Tucson Rampage Still Top Story for Public, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.

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