Survey: Boston Bombing Most-Followed News Story Since Financial Collapse

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | April 23, 2013 | 1:04 PM EDT

The Boston Marathon bombing was the most closely followed news story since the financial collapse in 2008, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Overall, 63 percent of respondents said they followed the news about the Boston attacks very closely.  This is the highest level of interest in any story since September of 2008 when 70 percent followed news on the U.S. economic collapse.

Interest in the bombing stacks up to other recent events as follows:
  • Iraq War: 63%
  • Wall Street Bailout: 62%
  • Haiti Earthquake: 60%
  • Presidential Election (2008): 61%
  • Presidential Election (2012): 60%
According to the survey, television was the public's top source for news, although individuals under 30 were just as likely to follow the news online.

Fully 70 percent of those under 30 said they followed news online, while 68 percent tracked the news on television.

The survey also found that 56 percent of young people followed the news on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

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