News Interst Index: Debt Stalemate Top Story, But No Surge in Public Interest

Jul 27, 2011

With a deadline fast approaching and talk of serious economic consequences without congressional action, the standoff in Washington over raising the debt limit was the top story last week for both the public and the news media.

Yet public interest in the federal budget deficit and national debt is not much higher than it was the previous week, even with the Aug. 2 deadline on a possible default drawing closer.

Currently, 38% say they followed news about the debt limit debate very closely, little different from the 34% that said this one week earlier according to the latest Weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted July 21-24 among 999 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The survey was conducted before the prime-time speeches on July 25 by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. 

Read the full report, Debt Stalemate Top Story, But No Surge in Public Interest, on the Pew Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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