May 10, 1990

Hostage Release Tops Times Mirror News Interest Index

Report Summary

News about the release of American hostages in the Middle East has attracted more public attention than any other single story in 1990 so far. Close to half the public (46%) report that they have paid very close attention to stories about the release of Robert Polhill and Frank Reed. This is the first time this year that more than a third of the public has focused such intense interest on an individual news event.