News Interest Index: Perceptions of Economic News Continue to Improve

Jan 11, 2012

The number of Americans hearing mostly bad news about the nation’s economy continues to decline. Three-in-ten (30%) now say they are hearing mostly bad economic news, less than half the number that said this in early August (67%).

The percentage saying they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy has doubled since the summer (30% in August to 60%), according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Jan. 5-8 among 1,000 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Relatively few (9%) say they are hearing mostly good news about the economy. Still, that number also has grown in recent months.

The survey finds that the 2012 presidential campaign was the public’s top story last week, though news about the economy was not far behind. About a quarter (27%) say they followed news about the elections most closely; 19% say this about the economy.

Read the full report, Perceptions of Economic News Continue to Improve, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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