Nov. 5, 2012

More Interest in Hurricane Sandy than Election

Just over half of the public (53%) say they followed news about Hurricane Sandy and the storm’s impact very closely last week, outpacing interest in the 2012 presidential election (47% very closely) and news about the U.S. economy (38% very closely). The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & […]

Oct. 10, 2012

Public Less Negative About Economic News

Americans are hearing less negative news about the nation’s economy than they were just a month ago, and perceptions of news about other economic sectors – notably, the job situation – have improved as well. Most Americans continue to hear a mix of good and bad news about the economy (62%), but the share […]

Sep. 11, 2012

Record Partisan Gap in Views of Economic News

With the election less than two months away, partisan differences in views of economic news have become wider than ever. Despite this month’s lackluster jobs report, there has been a modest decline in the percentage of Americans saying news about the economy is mostly bad – with virtually all of the change coming among […]

Aug. 7, 2012

Public Continues to Hear Mixed Economic News

Public views of economic news—both overall and across most sectors—are little changed in recent months. Today, about half of Americans (53%) say they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy, while 41% say they are hearing mostly bad news and just 3% say they are hearing mostly good news. […]

Jul. 12, 2012

Section 3: Perceptions of Economic News

The public’s perceptions of the tone of news about the economy have changed little over the past month, but are far more negative than they were earlier this year. Currently, 55% say they have been hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy these days, while 40% say the news has been […]

Jun. 5, 2012

Perceptions of Economic News Turn More Negative

The public’s perceptions of economic news have taken a turn for the worse. And that could be bad news for Barack Obama, who held a lead over Mitt Romney in polling conducted mostly before last week’s disappointing jobs report and stock market slide. Currently 37% say they are hearing mostly bad news about the […]

Mar. 14, 2012

Section 5: Views of the National Economy

Perceptions of economic news have improved sharply since last summer, a time many feared the nation could be slipping back into recession. However, opinions about national economic conditions remain overwhelmingly negative. The percentage saying they are hearing mostly bad news about the economy has fallen from 67% last summer to 24% in the current survey. […]

Jan. 19, 2012

Section 3: Views of Economic Conditions

From the public’s perspective, the economic news over the past year has been particular volatile. As recently as August, the Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index surveys found 67% saying they were hearing “mostly bad news” about the economy.  But the latest update earlier this month found only 30% saying the economic reports they were […]

Feb. 10, 2011

Section 2: National Economy, Personal Finances

The public’s views of national economic conditions are broadly negative. Nearly nine-in-ten call conditions either only fair (45%) or poor (42%), and just 12% describe them as excellent or good. While negative on balance, national economic ratings have shown modest signs of improvement. A year ago, 53% rated economic conditions as poor. The percentage saying […]

Aug. 6, 2008

Obama Fatigue – 48% Hearing Too Much About Him

Summary of Findings As he has since January, this week, Barack Obama enjoyed much more visibility as far as the public was concerned than did John McCain. By a margin of 76% to 11% respondents in Pew’s weekly News Interest Index survey named Obama over McCain as the candidate they have heard the most about […]

Feb. 21, 2002

Other Important Findings

Business Views Change Little Interest in the Enron case has been steadily increasing over the past two months, outpacing other news stories such as the Winter Olympics and the congressional debate over the budget and taxes. Currently, 28% say they are following the investigation into the Enron bankruptcy very closely, up from 19% in mid-January, […]

Jan. 24, 1992

Public Interest and Awareness of the News

Report Summary In a period when Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the USSR, when the Soviet Union fragmented and dissolved, and when the Commonwealth of Independent States took its place, stories about the U.S. economy are being followed much more closely by the American people.

Mar. 1, 1989

The People, the Press & Politics: Public Opinion About Economic Issues

Report Summary Public perceptions and priorities are changing as the new administration begins its effort to deal with the nation’s economic problems. This new Times Mirror survey identifies five important elements of public opinion that have significant implications for economic policy alternatives. These trends and dispositions emerge from an analysis of the findings of 2000 […]