Table 7-1
News followed "very closely" by American public: 1996–2008
(Percent)
 
Type of news 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
 
Weather NA NA NA NA 53 50 48
Crime 41 36 30 30 32 29 28
Education NA NA NA NA NA NA 23
Community 35 34 26 31 28 26 22
Environment NA NA NA NA NA NA 21
Politics/Washington news 16 19 17 21 24 17 21
Local government 24 23 20 22 22 20 20
Health news 34 34 29 26 26 24 20
Sports 26 27 27 25 25 23 20
Religion 17 18 21 19 20 16 17
International affairs 16 16 14 21 24 17 16
Business and finance 13 17 14 15 14 14 16
Consumer news 14 15 12 12 13 12 13
Science and technology 20 22 18 17 16 15 13
Culture and arts 9 12 10 9 10 9 11
Entertainment 15 16 15 14 15 12 10
Celebrity news NA NA NA NA NA NA 7
Travel NA NA NA NA NA NA 6

NA = not available, question not asked

NOTES: Data reflect respondents who said they followed type of news "very closely." Table includes all years for which data collected.

SOURCE: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Audience Segments in a Changing News Environment: Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources (17 August 2008), p. 39, Biennial News Consumption Survey (30 April–01 June 2008), http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/444.pdf, accessed 21 September 2009.

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