News Interest Index: Modest Interest in Gadhafi Death, Iraq Withdrawal

Oct 26, 2011

Americans divided their attention last week among several breaking news stories – from the death of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya to the release of dozens of dangerous wild animals in Ohio to the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq– while still keeping a close watch on news about the nation’s economy.

No single story stands out in the most recent weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Oct. 20-23, 2011, among 1,009 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. While 15% say the condition of the economy was their top story, about as many cite Gadhafi’s death (13%), the release of wild animals in Ohio (13%) or news about the 2012 presidential candidates (13%) as the news they followed most closely.

Another 12% say their top story was President Obama’s announcement that he will withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2011; 9% say they followed news about the anti-Wall Street protests in New York and other cities most closely.

Read the full report, Modest Interest in Gadhafi Death, Iraq Withdrawal, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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