Table 7-2
News followed very closely by American public: 1996–2006
(Percent)
 
Type of news   1996   1998   2000   2002   2004   2006
 
Weather   NA   NA   NA   NA   53   50
Crime   41   36   30   30   32   29
Community   35   34   26   31   28   26
Health   34   34   29   26   26   24
Sports   26   27   27   25   25   23
Local government   24   23   20   22   22   20
Washington news   16   19   17   21   24   17
International affairs   16   16   14   21   24   17
Religion   17   18   21   19   20   16
Science and technology   20   22   18   17   16   15
Business and finance   13   17   14   15   14   14
Entertainment   15   16   15   14   15   12
Consumer news   14   15   12   12   13   12
Culture and arts   9   12   10   9   10   9
 

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, Online papers modestly boost newspaper readership: Maturing Internet news audience broader than deep (30 July 2006), Biennial News Consumption Survey (27 April'22 May 2006), http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=282, accessed 26 April 2007.

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