Seen, Read, Heard in 2021
Over the course of a year that brought Americans the fallout from an insurrection, the start of Joe Biden’s presidency, a stubborn pandemic and a fair amount of economic anxiety, Morning Consult asked roughly 100,000 registered voters how much they’d seen, read or heard about more than 350 current events. For the fourth year in a row, we’ve dug through the data to provide more insight on which stories pierced the American consciousness, and which didn’t.
Insurrection. Inauguration. Infection. Inflation. Here’s The News That Broke Through In 2021.
Not all news resonated the same — here’s the share of voters who said they heard “a lot” about 131 of the events we thought were most noteworthy, and how the news penetrated along party lines, age and race.
Voters Were Barraged With COVID-19 News This Year. Relief Bill, the Delta Variant and U.S. Death Toll Broke Through Most
In a year of nonstop pandemic news, no single event associated with a surge in vaccine willingness
Analyzing the News That Broke Through in 2021
Partisan, age and racial divisions are apparent in what resonates with voters
In Energy, No News Story Broke Through This Year Like the Texas Power Crisis
An analysis of voter awareness of major climate and energy events in 2021 found that fuel price stories also resonated, especially with Republicans