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Pew: Americans show some interest in IRS lost emails; not much in World Cup
American Thinker ^ | 07/01/2014 | Rick Moran

Posted on 07/01/2014 7:52:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

ESPN has been hyping the World Cup for weeks, showing video from venues across the country where large crowds have gathered to watch the US play.

But it's a mirage. Only about 17% of Americans are showing interest in the World Cup soccer matches as opposed to 12% who are following the IRS lost emails story and 26% following events in Iraq.

Pew Research:

So far, the growing crisis in Iraq has not drawn strong interest from the American public. As Sunni militants extend their control of large swaths of Iraq, 25% say they are paying very close attention to the growing violence and political instability in Iraq. By comparison, 28% of Americans surveyed June 26-29 say they followed news about problems with care at veterans’ hospitals very closely and 21% paid very close attention to news about the IRS losing employee emails.

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center conducted among 1,002 adults finds that fewer Americans tracked news about the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil (17%), the 2014 midterms (16%) and recent Supreme Court rulings (15%). (The survey was conducted before the court’s Hobby Lobby decision.)

Young people typically express lower levels of interest in news stories than older Americans, and the age differences are striking when it comes to Washington news and violence in Iraq. Just 13% of those younger than 30, and 19% of those 30-49, say they tracked news about Iraq very closely. That compares with 36% of those 65 and older and 34% of those 50 to 64.

However, the World Cup is a different story. About a quarter (24%) of those under 30 say they are closely following the World Cup


(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: irs; pew; poll; soccer; worldcup

1 posted on 07/01/2014 7:52:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Bread & circuses not enough?!

Give the peasants cake and circuses...


2 posted on 07/01/2014 7:55:19 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s a world cup?


3 posted on 07/01/2014 7:56:13 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind

Things are looking up!


4 posted on 07/01/2014 7:57:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I've had three friends from different states tell me that whatever teams had recently won (I know one was Colombia), that cars drive past stop signs, people wave their nation's flags in support, honk cars horns incessantly, etc. which are all violations of road rules. But little is done. Imagine if the average American decided to blast a car horn and ignore stop signs because of a domestic celebration. I wonder how many of these people celebrate the 4th of July or Veteran's Day with such passion.
5 posted on 07/01/2014 8:05:38 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: SeekAndFind

When I was in school the boys played football and the Girls played Soccer. Not much has changed


6 posted on 07/01/2014 8:09:29 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet a nickel that the emails show up in October.
That should provide enough time for a cleanup.
Will they show unannounced in a box in the White House
or on Lerner’s kitchen table??


7 posted on 07/01/2014 8:14:10 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: SeekAndFind
ESPN has been hyping the World Cup for weeks...

It's not just ESPN hyping the world cup - most of television media has as well. The media giants smell money and just what we need is another distraction in the form of more time spent in front of the screens... wouldn't want the American public to have time to see what's going on around them.
8 posted on 07/01/2014 8:14:47 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: bgill

What’s a world cup?


I think it’s a new type of jock strap. One size fits all, probably.


9 posted on 07/01/2014 8:15:04 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: bgill
What’s a world cup?

It's that big trophy the winner of the NHL Championship gets to borrow for a year. It's pretty cool, actually. This year the Los Angeles Kings have it.
10 posted on 07/01/2014 8:15:09 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is bad news. I know the soccer haters are going “yay”, but 5% more people are watching the World Cup than care about the IRS targeting Americans. This also says something bad about our media, that compose of many more outlets than ESPN or sports media; if only 12% of Americans care about the IRS scandal, then the media are clearly ignoring this and not reporting to American. Sigh


11 posted on 07/01/2014 8:17:04 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: SeekAndFind

“… 12% who are following the IRS lost emails story..” Gee, could it be that the number is so low because the MSM is ignoring the issue/scandal, and when not ignoring, excusing it.


12 posted on 07/01/2014 8:28:13 AM PDT by falcon99
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To: KC_Conspirator

the media pick and choose what to report on, what to emphasize, and what to ignore.

I have to believe that, under a Republican president, that this IRS scandal would be getting saturation coverage.

The media continue to distort their coverage, to show the Obama administration in the best possible light.

The media have a vested interest in this administration being perceived as a success, and their policies being successful.

In some ways, the media created and spawned Barack Obama. He’s a liberal dream in some ways. He’s a liberal president, a non-white historic president, etc. He’s the media dream president. And the media lose all perspective or objectivity when reporting on this president.

Of course, this is real life, not “The West Wing” with its similar liberal dream president.


13 posted on 07/01/2014 8:32:23 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m interested in both, and USA matches are drawing audiences equal to the NBA Finals.


14 posted on 07/01/2014 8:34:02 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: AD from SpringBay
Media has been trying to hype soccer since the early 1980s and they still haven't managed to convert the nation.
15 posted on 07/01/2014 8:46:33 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Dr. Sivana

Nah. That’s Stanley’s Cup.


16 posted on 07/01/2014 8:47:34 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Media have had about as much luck hyping soccer as NBC has with promoting the WNBA.


17 posted on 07/01/2014 8:49:08 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind
12% who are following the IRS lost emails story and 26% following events in Iraq

Three quarters of our nation's citizens are as useful as ferns.

18 posted on 07/01/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TomGuy
Is this a cup? Much less a cup for the world?



Now THAT is a cup for the world.
19 posted on 07/01/2014 8:54:09 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
USA matches are drawing audiences equal to the NBA Finals.

I'm not a soccer fan at all, considering it about the same tv viewing desirability as PGA tour golf.

However, that kind of viewership is pretty good. What I find really interesting is the soccer hate (as opposed to soccer ignoring that folks like myself would do) on FR.

20 posted on 07/01/2014 8:55:20 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a good thing.

Sports are great. Slavishly following them to the detriment and neglect of more important matters is not.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 9:04:17 AM PDT by mkboyce
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To: eyeamok

Soccer is called “invader ball” by some of the wags here in Oregon.


22 posted on 07/01/2014 9:07:30 AM PDT by Goldsborough
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To: SeekAndFind
The title is backward: The story reveals more interest in the World Cup than in the IRS emails. Last Thursday at noon the American team played Germany before 18 million American viewers. That is not a trivial audience.

One wonders why the anti-soccer faction is so defensive. It's only a game boys and girls.

23 posted on 07/01/2014 9:16:03 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: nascarnation

The soccer ratings aren’t bad, considering the games are played in the afternoon on weekdays.

Should the US beat Belgium today, they would next play this Saturday.

I would expect the ratings for that game to shatter all previous records for any soccer game in this country.


24 posted on 07/01/2014 9:20:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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The ratings should be through the roof with the way they are hyping this soccer world cup. They are telling everyone they need to watch on almost every news channel all day long. With that amount of free advertising plus having the built in audience of espn, the ratings should be much higher than they are.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 3:22:53 PM PDT by snowstorm12
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