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Closely Followed - Political Tracking

How Closely Have You Followed News Stories About…

Date (s)

 

Very Closely

Somewhat Closely

unemployment and job creation

9/4-9/5

 

67%

26%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

6/15-6/16

 

64%

29%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

6/27-6/28

 

59%

34%

the ongoing health care debate in Congress

3/3-3/4

 

59%

30%

the terrorist bombing attempt in Times Square in New York City

5/6-5/7

 

59%

29%

about tax cuts implemented during the Bush Administration that will expire soon

11/13-11/14

 

59%

24%

offshore drilling incident off Louisiana’s coast

5/16-5/17

 

58%

33%

health care reform legislation being considered by Congress

2/23-2/24

 

58%

31%

plans to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York City

8/19-8/20

 

58%

27%

immigration

7/24-7/25

 

57%

32%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

6/13-6/14

 

56%

36%

oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico

7/26-7/27

 

55%

37%

tax cuts implemented during the Bush Administration that will expire soon

9/10-9/11

 

54%

31%

tax cut deal President Obama made with congressional Republican leaders

12/7-12/8

 

54%

31%

the offshore drilling incident off Louisiana's coast

5/4-5/5

 

53%

36%

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Wednesday night

1/28-1/29

 

53%

30%

Arizona’s new immigration law

7/28-7/29

 

52%

32%

offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

8/1-8/2

 

51%

40%

tax cut deal President Obama made with congressional Republican leaders

12/13-12/14

 

51%

33%

terrorist attempts to send packages containing bombs to the United States

10/30-10/31

 

50%

39%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

5/22-5/23

 

49%

42%

new federal budget proposed by President Obama

2/1-2/2

 

49%

34%

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan

6/23-6/24

 

49%

32%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

8/15-8/16

 

48%

42%

war in Afghanistan

2/19-2/20

 

47%

40%

offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

7/18-7/19

 

46%

43%

North Korea and South Korea

11/23

 

46%

31%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

8/29-8/30

 

45%

43%

proposed new government program to create jobs

9/8-9/9

 

45%

36%

war in Afghanistan

12/5-12/6

 

44%

41%

some politicians who say they are worried about the level of anger in the current political debate

3/25-3/26

 

44%

33%

war in Afghanistan

6/25-6/26

 

43%

41%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

5/30-5/31

 

42%

44%

war in Afghanistan

5/20-5/21

 

41%

42%

the offshore drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico

9/12-9/13

 

41%

42%

offshore oil drilling

12/3-12/4

 

41%

40%

Israel & Iran

8/17-8/18

 

41%

39%

President Obama’s first press conference following Election Day

11/3-11/4

 

41%

36%

tax cuts implemented during the Bush Administration that will expire soon

8/1-8/2

 

41%

33%

President’s State of the Union Address

1/26-1/27

 

40%

42%

marches and rallies for immigrant rights held in major cities around the country

5/2-5/3

 

40%

42%

Iran

2/13-2/14

 

40%

38%

President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court

7/28-7/29

 

40%

34%

President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court

5/16-5/17

 

39%

42%

President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court

6/29-6/30

 

39%

40%

President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court

5/10

 

39%

38%

release of U.S. classified documents on the Internet

11/29-11/30

 

39%

37%

Republican Pledge to America

9/26-9/27

 

39%

36%

holding trials of suspected terrorists in New York City

1/30-1/31

 

39%

33%

incident involving ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip

6/3-6/4

 

39%

31%

Dream Act and immigration reform

9/16-9/17

 

38%

37%

war in Afghanistan

9/12-9/13

 

37%

41%

President Obama’s televised White House speech about the Gulf oil leak

6/15-6/16

 

37%

34%

President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court

5/24-5/25

 

37%

34%

proposed ban on allowing members of Congress to steer taxpayer money to pet projects in their home districts

11/17-11/18

 

37%

33%

Middle Eastern peace talks

9/2-9/3

 

35%

42%

North Korea and South Korea

5/24-5/25

 

34%

41%

U.S. Supreme Court

4/16-4/17

 

34%

39%

meetings between President Obama and senior Congressional Republicans

12/1-12/2

 

34%

37%

President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court

7/12-7/13

 

33%

43%

the groups known as the Tea Party Movement

2/7-2/8

 

33%

30%

leaks of government documents relating to Afghanistan

7/30-7/31

 

32%

45%

Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform issues

1/22-1/23

 

32%

38%

special United States Senate election in Massachusetts

1/16-1/17

 

32%

27%

President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court

6/7-6/8

 

31%

42%

job offers made to candidates in closely-contested state primaries

6/5-6/6

 

31%

33%

Russia

12/21-12/22

 

30%

45%

President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court

6/21-6/22

 

28%

41%

suspected Russian spies in the United States

7/8-7/9

 

27%

44%

Russia

3/29-3/30

 

27%

40%

House Republican plans to investigate the Obama administration

11/7-11/8

 

27%

29%

elections in Iraq

3/9-3/10

 

26%

41%

large companies seeking exemptions from some aspects of the new health care law

10/10-10/11

 

25%

41%

Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel?

3/15-3/16

 

25%

30%

terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo prison camp

12/11-12/12

 

24%

37%

stem cell research

8/25-8/26

 

23%

48%

Internet neutrality issues

12/23

 

20%

35%