Rick Santorum’s recent electoral wins may have propelled him to the top of the Republican field, but by a better than two-to-one margin, Mitt Romney remains the candidate Americans say they are hearing about most in the news. Half (50%) say they have heard the most about Romney recently, compared with 19% who say they have heard the most about Santorum.
With the race for the GOP nomination in flux, news about the 2012 elections again topped the public’s news interest last week, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Feb. 9-12 among 1,000 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. A quarter (25%) say this was the news they followed most closely, while 18% say economic news was their top story.
The campaign also received the most coverage, accounting for 22% of the newshole, according to a separate analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ). Though many more Americans say they have been hearing the most about Romney, he and Santorum were both major players in campaign coverage: Romney was a significant figure in 57% of campaign stories and Santorum in 46%.
Read the full report, Despite Santorum Rise, Romney Still Most Visible, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.