News Interest Index: Public's Top Stories: Whitney Houston, Election, Economy

Feb 22, 2012

The death of singer Whitney Houston, the presidential campaign and the state of the economy topped the public’s news interest last week.

About two-in-ten (19%) say Houston’s sudden death at 48 was their top story of the week; 18% say they followed news about candidates for the presidential election most closely, while 15% say their top story was news about the economy, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Feb. 16-20 among 1,006 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Those same stories led coverage. News about the campaign made up 16% of the newshole, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ). News about the economy accounted for 12%; an additional 4% of coverage focused on a related story – the payroll tax extension approved by Congress. News about Houston’s death made up 10% of the newshole.

Read the full report, Public's Top Stories: Whitney Houston, Election, Economy, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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