Public losing interest

October 13, 1994|By Washington Bureau of The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Just as the O. J. Simpson murder trial is getting under way, the public appears to be burning out on the case, a new Times Mirror poll has found.

Nearly two-thirds of those questioned in the nationwide survey said they have recently become less interested in the case. Most blamed overexposure in the media as the reason.

In fact, when asked what stories in the news are getting too much attention, 90 percent cited the Simpson case.

According to the Times Mirror news-interest index, only 25 percent of Americans say they are following the case very closely, down from 30 percent last month and 48 percent in June.

By comparison, Americans said they are following at least four other news stories more closely than the Simpson trial -- the U.S. intervention in Haiti, Iraqi troop movements in the Persian Gulf, health care reform and the state of the economy.

The survey of 1,513 adults was conducted Oct. 6-9 for Times Mirror, which publishes The Sun and other newspapers. The poll has a possible error margin of 3 percentage points.

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