Dec. 20, 2002

Sniper Attacks Draw Most Public Interest in 2002

Introduction and Summary A series of horrifying sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area attracted the most public interest of any news story in 2002. But the growing prospects of war with Iraq, as well as the continuing threat of terrorism and the aftermath of 9/11, also drew high levels of attention throughout the year. […]

Sep. 19, 2002

Other Important Findings and Analyses

Public interest in campaign news is at the same level as it was at this stage in the 1998 election, and only somewhat lower than in 1994 and 1990. These early September surveys coincide with the conclusion of many local primary races. In addition to comparable public interest in the campaign, other indicators of voter […]

Jun. 9, 2002

Public’s News Habits Little Changed by September 11

Introduction and Summary The public’s news habits have been largely unaffected by the Sept. 11 attacks and subsequent war on terrorism. Reported levels of reading, watching and listening to the news are not markedly different than in the spring of 2000. At best, a slightly larger percentage of the public is expressing general interest in […]

Mar. 7, 2002

Public Opinion Six Months Later

Nationhood, Internationalism Lifted

Jan. 15, 2002

Young People up to Speed on Terrorism News

by Andrew Kohut for America Online

Jan. 1, 2002

Press Shines at a Dark Moment

by Andrew Kohut for Columbia Journalism Review