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Tuscon Trumps Cairo: Pew Survey

2/07/2011 12:01 AM Eastern

WASHINGTON — As cable news outlets were offering
blanket coverage of the Middle East crisis last
week, the U.S. public was not nearly as interested
in the story, at least in its early stages, according
to the Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index
for the first few days of the protests in Egypt.

While 36% of cable news coverage was devoted
to the Middle East crisis, according to the index,
only 11% of the public was most interested in that
story over the Jan. 27-30 survey period.

What were they most interested in? Even
three weeks later, the Tucson shootings continued
to capture survey respondents’ attention, with
38% saying that was the story they were still most
closely following.

The Pew survey was conducted Jan. 27 to 30
among 2,007 adults 18 or older.

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