News Interest Index: Economy Again Top Story for Public and News Media

Sep 28, 2011

Amid continued uncertainty at home and abroad, economic news was once again the top story last week for both the public and the news media.

Three-in-ten (31%) say they followed news about the condition of the U.S. economy more closely than any other news last week, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Sept. 22-25 among 1,000 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Another 16% cite the related debate in Washington over jobs and the deficit as their top story.

Adding various story lines together, economic news easily topped coverage as well.  News about the economy in general made up 14% of the newshole while news about the debate in Washington over steps the government should take to address the situation accounted for another 13%, according to a separate analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ).

Read the full report, Economy Again Top Story for Public and News Media, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.

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