News Interest Index: Debt Limit Fight Tops News Interest, Coverage

Jul 19, 2011

The debate over raising the federal debt limit proved to be the public’s – and the media’s – top news story last week as the federal government neared a possible default and high level deficit-reduction talks produced no agreement.

About three-in-ten (31%) say they followed the discussions about how to address the federal deficit and national debt more closely than any other story. Another 14% say they most closely followed news about the conditi0n of the nation’s struggling economy, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey conducted July 14-17 among 1,006 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

News about the debt limit debate made up 31% of the newshole, much more than any other story. More general news about the state of the economy accounted for 4% of coverage, while state and local budget woes accounted for another 1%, according to a separate analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ).

Read the full report, Debt Limit Fight Tops News Interest, Coverage, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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