News Interest Index: Public Now More Focused on Egypt, but Coverage Far Surpasses Interest

Feb 09, 2011

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 a third (32%) of the public says they followed news about the protests in Egypt very closely last week. That's nearly double the 17% that said this one week earlier.

Three-in-ten Americans (30%) say they followed news about the protests more closely than any other story, according to the latest News Interest Index survey conducted Feb. 3-6 among 1,001 adults. The previous week, just 11% said the protests were their top story.

Read the full report, Public Now More Focused on Egypt, but Coverage Far Surpasses Interest, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.

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