News Interest Index: Public Closely Tracking Economic and Political News

Nov 02, 2011

A combination of intertwined economic and political stories topped the public’s news interest last week.

No single story dominated Americans’ attention. Nearly two-in-ten (17%) say reports about the condition of the economy was their top story, while 14% cite news about the candidates for president in 2012 as the story they followed most closely.

Another 13% cite the anti-Wall Street protests in New York and other cities, while 10% cite the discussions in Washington about how to address the federal budget deficit and the national debt.

Read the full report, Public Closely Tracking Economic and Political News, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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