Friday, July 3, 2009

Chart of the Day: MJ death not as interesting as Princess Diana's

Posted by Sharon Hong

Interest in Michael Jackson's death was similar to interest in the deaths of "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert and Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press showed Wednesday.

Pew surveyed 1,022 people and asked them to gauge how closely they were following a news story in the past week. Thirty percent said they were following news reports on the death of Michael Jackson very closely -- 28% said fairly closely, 23% not too closely and 19% not at all closely.

For comparison, Pew compiled individuals' responses to the same question that was asked following the death of other stars and well-known figures. Results showed people were most interested in the deaths of Princess Diana in 1997 and John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1999.

Public interest in deaths of stars and well-known figures (in %)

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