News Interest Index: Most Now Say News Paints Mixed Economic Picture

Apr 15, 2009

The proportion of Americans saying they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy – rather than mostly bad news – continues to steadily increase. 

Currently, 56% say they are hearing a mix of good and bad economic news, up from 46% in March and just 19% last December. The proportion saying they are hearing mostly bad news has fallen dramatically over this period – from 80% in December and 51% in March to 39% currently. Very few Americans – just 4% in the current survey – continue to say they are hearing mostly good economic news.
    
The latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted April 9-13 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, finds that the share saying they are hearing a mix of economic news has increased across partisan lines, but most notably among Republicans. Last month, nearly twice as many Republicans said they were hearing mostly bad economic news (65%) as said they were hearing both good and bad news (33%). Today, about as many Republicans say they are hearing a mix of both good and bad economic news (50%) as say they are hearing predominantly negative news (48%).  

Read the full report Most Now Say News Paints Mixed Economic Picture on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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