News Interest Index: Election Again Top Story for Public and Media

Mar 06, 2012

Election news continued to be the public’s top story last week, just ahead of the March 6 Super Tuesday voting.

Just more than two-in-ten (22%) say they followed news about the candidates for president more closely than any other news. Somewhat fewer (17%) cite the tornadoes that hit parts of the Midwest, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted March 1-4 among 1,009 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

The buildup to Super Tuesday voting in 10 states also topped coverage, accounting for 26% of the newshole, according to a separate analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ). News about the tornadoes made up 8% of coverage.

Read the full report, Election Again Top Story for Public and Media, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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