News Interest Index: Deficit 'Super Committee' Draws Little Attention

Nov 22, 2011

Few Americans (17%) paid very close attention to news about the congressional “super committee” last week as the panel approached its deadline to agree on a plan to cut federal spending and reduce the national deficit.

Another 24% say they followed news about the super committee fairly closely. Most (58%) followed news about the special deficit panel not too closely or not at all closely, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Nov. 17-20 among 1,003 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

The survey was completed before panel leaders announced on Monday that they would not reach a deal by their deadline. Still, panel members and others already had indicated that a deal was unlikely.

Read the full report, Deficit 'Super Committee' Draws Little Attention, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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