Three news stories dominated the minds of both Republican and Democrats in 2018, according to a Morning Consult survey published Thursday.
The top three stories that all voters reported hearing “a lot” about in 2018 were the Parkland shooting, the death of former president George H.W. Bush and Hurricane Florence, according to the survey. Morning Consult surveyed roughly 10,000 registered voters throughout 2018 for the data.
The news event that the most people reported hearing “a lot” about was the Parkland shooting, although more Democrats reported that it dominated the news than Republicans.
Eighty-two percent of Democrats said they heard about Parkland often, trailed by Bush’s death at 77 percent and Hurricane Florence at 72 percent. That’s compared to 77 percent of Republicans saying they saw a lot of news about both Parkland and Bush’s death, trailed by Hurricane Florence at 73 percent. (RELATED: Trump Tax Cuts Spur Unexpectedly High State Revenues)
But other than those three events and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats’ and Republicans’ conceptions of what topics dominated the news cycle in 2018 strongly diverged. For example, 70 percent of Republicans reported hearing “a lot” about NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem, while only 58 percent of Democrats reported hearing “a lot” on that topic.
Another contrast between reds and blues — 53 percent of Republicans reported hearing “a lot” about the alleged murder of college student Mollie Tibbetts by illegal immigrant Cristhian Rivera. Tibbetts’s alleged murder did not make it into the top 15 news items Democrats heard “a lot” about. Thirty-eight percent of Democrats reported hearing much about it.
The survey also gathered data about news items that voters didn’t hear about. Forty-one percent of voters said they heard “nothing at all” about Democratic New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory in June.
Books about the Trump White House didn’t break through to all voters, either. Thirty-two percent of voters surveyed heard “nothing at all” about “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, and 25 percent said the same about “Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward.
Another news item that bounced off of voters was President Donald Trump’s ill-fated plans for a military parade in Washington, D.C. Twenty-seven percent of voters surveyed said they heard nothing about it.
Morning Consult’s data has a margin of error of 2 percent.
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