News Interest Index: Number Hearing Mostly Bad Economic News Soars

Aug 10, 2011

Negative views of economic news have risen sharply since last month and now stand at their highest level in well more than two years.

Fully 67% say they are hearing “mostly bad” news about the economy, up 18 points in the last month alone and more than 40 points since the start of 2011.

The public’s current views of economic news are now as bleak as they were shortly before Barack Obama took office in January 2009. At that time, 67% also said they were hearing mostly bad news about the economy, but that number fell sharply during the first few months of Obama’s presidency.

Read the full report, Number Hearing Mostly Bad Economic News Soars, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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