News Interest Index: Deadly Afghanistan Crash Tops Public's News Interest

Aug 17, 2011

News about the crash of a military helicopter in Afghanistan that killed 30 Americans last week refocused public attention on the long-running war there.

About a quarter of the public (27%) says they followed news about the troop deaths in Afghanistan – which included members of the elite force that killed Osama bin Laden – more closely than any other news last week, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Aug. 11-14 among 1,005 adults.

Economic story lines also captured the public’s attention. About two-in-ten (19%) say they followed news about the ups and downs in the stock market most closely, while another 10% say news about the downgrade in the government’s credit rating was their top story.

Read the full report, Deadly Afghanistan Crash Tops Public's News Interest, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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