News Interest Index: Rising Fuel Prices Top Story for Public

Mar 21, 2012

Rising fuel prices topped the public’s news interest last week as the average cost of gasoline neared $4.00 a gallon.

About a quarter (26%) say they followed news about rising gas and oil prices more closely than any other story, according to the latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted March 15-18 among 1,009 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Looking at a different measure, about half (52%) say they followed news about rising gas and oil prices very closely. Last spring, another time of concern about fuel prices, similar numbers said they were following news about rising gas and oil prices very closely. Nearly half (46%) said this last March; 53% did so in mid-April. Still, these numbers are well below the high for this measure recorded shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. Early that September, 71% said they were following news about rising fuel prices very closely.

Read the full report, Rising Fuel Prices Top Story for Public, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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