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"Limited Public Interest in Egyptian Protests" by the Pew Research Center, Feb. 1st, 2011

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press: “Limited Public Interest in Egyptian Protests. Turmoil Draws Extensive Media Coverage” February 1sr, 2011, Report no. 699

So far, the extraordinary anti-government protests in Egypt have drawn much more attention from the news media than from the American public.
Only about one-in-ten (11%) cite news about protests in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries as the story they followed most closely last week. By contrast, more than three times that number (38%) followed news about the aftermath of the Jan. 8 Arizona shooting rampage most closely last week, according to the latest News Interest Index survey conducted Jan. 27-30 among 1,007 adults. (read more)

About the Pew Research Center:

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. We are sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts and are one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
The Center’s purpose is to serve as a forum for ideas on the media and public policy through public opinion research. In this role it serves as an important information resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars, and public interest organizations. All of our current survey results are made available free of charge.

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