News Interst Index: Attention to Debt Debate Grew Steadily in July

Aug 02, 2011

The tense negotiations in Washington over legislation to cut the federal deficit and raise the nation’s debt limit topped the public’s news interest and the media’s coverage for the third consecutive week.

Four-in-ten (40%) say they followed news about the debt debate more closely than any other news last week, while the fight’s various story lines accounted for 47% of the week’s coverage.

Looking at a different measure, 41% say they followed the debate very closely, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index conducted July 28-31 among 1,001 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.  That number rose steadily throughout July as the Aug. 2 deadline for a possible federal default approached.  In early July, 25% said they were following news about the debt and deficit very closely.

Read the full report, Attention to Debt Debate Grew Steadily in July, on the Pew Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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