Commentary Dec. 30, 2010

2010 Poll Findings that Will Matter in 2011

Weekly News Interest Index Dec. 30, 2010

Public’s Top Stories of the Decade – 9/11 and Katrina

Summary of Findings The 9/11 terrorist attacks drew more public interest than any other story in the past decade. In October 2001, a month after the attacks, 78% said they were following news about the story very closely, up slightly from the week after the attacks (74%). The devastating hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast […]

Weekly News Interest Index Dec. 21, 2010

Top Stories of 2010: Haiti Earthquake, Gulf Oil Spill

Survey Reports Dec. 15, 2010

For Public, Tough Year Ends on a Down Note

Six-in-ten say the country is losing ground on the federal budget deficit, the cost of living, Social Security and the availability of good-paying jobs.

Weekly News Interest Index Dec. 14, 2010

Tax Cut Deal Captures Public and Media Attention

Interest in WikiLeaks Down

Survey Reports Dec. 13, 2010

Tax Cuts Win Broad Bipartisan Support

The agreement between President Obama and congressional Republicans to extend tax cuts and unemployment benefits is getting strong bipartisan support. Overall, 60% approve of the agreement while just 22% disapprove. There are virtually no partisan differences in opinions about the agreement – 63% of Democrats approve of it, as do 62% of Republicans and […]

Survey Reports Dec. 9, 2010

Deficit Solutions Meet With Public Skepticism

In many respects, there is a broad public consensus when it comes to the federal budget deficit: seven-in-ten say it is a major problem that must be addressed right away, and roughly two-thirds say that the best way to reduce the deficit is through a combination of cutting major government programs and increasing taxes. […]

Dec. 9, 2010

Deficit Solutions Meet With Public Skepticism

Seven-in-ten say the deficit is a major problem that must be addressed right away, but this general consensus evaporates when concrete deficit reduction proposals are tested.

Weekly News Interest Index Dec. 8, 2010

Most Say WikiLeaks Release Harms Public Interest

Mixed Reactions to Media Coverage

Survey Reports Dec. 7, 2010

Mixed Views on Tax Cuts, Support for START and Allowing Gays to Serve Openly

With the public giving subpar approval ratings to President Obama and continuing to express negative views of Congress and the political parties, it goes its own way on many of the remaining issues before the lame-duck Congress. In a survey conducted before Obama and GOP leaders agreed to temporarily extend all Bush-era tax cuts, […]

Survey Reports Dec. 2, 2010

Despite Years of Terror Scares, Public’s Concerns Remain Fairly Steady

Since 9/11, there have been major terrorist attacks in Great Britain, Spain and other countries. And in the United States, there have been Orange Alerts and numerous near misses involving bombs smuggled aboard aircraft and in parked cars. But over the course of all of this, there is little evidence that close calls in […]

Commentary Nov. 30, 2010

Voting in Foreign-Policy Oblivion

Survey Reports Nov. 29, 2010

Most Continue to Favor Gays Serving Openly in Military

Weekly News Interest Index Nov. 24, 2010

Public Focused on Economy, Election Impact

Most Aware of Energy Drink Warnings

Commentary Nov. 22, 2010

The Growing Gap between Landline and Dual Frame Election Polls

Methodology Reports Nov. 22, 2010

The Growing Gap between Landline and Dual Frame Election Polls; Republican Vote Share Bigger in Landline-Only Surveys

A new analysis of Pew Research Center pre-election surveys conducted this year finds that support for Republican candidates was significantly higher in samples based only on landlines than in dual frame samples that combined landline and cell phone interviews. The difference in the margin among likely voters this year is about twice as large as in 2008.

Survey Reports Nov. 18, 2010

Public Knows Basic Facts about Politics, Economics, But Struggles with Specifics

Few Aware of TARP Repayment, Inflation Rate

Weekly News Interest Index Nov. 17, 2010

Midterm Elections Still Top Public Interest

Summary of Findings The public continued to focus most closely on the outcome of the midterm elections last week as news coverage highlighted their impact on the balance of power and the agenda in Washington. A quarter of the public (25%) says they followed news about the election outcome more closely than any other major […]

Survey Reports Nov. 11, 2010

Mixed Reactions to Republican Midterm Win

Public Less Happy Than After 2006 and 1994 Elections

Weekly News Interest Index Nov. 10, 2010

Election Results Draw Big Interest, Heavy Coverage

Summary of Findings The results of the midterm elections dominated both the public’s interest and media attention last week as Republicans easily won control of the House while making big gains in the Senate and in many statehouses. Fully 43% say they followed news about the election outcome more closely than any other news, according […]