Seen, Read, Heard
INSURRECTION. INAUGURATION. INFECTION. INFLATION. HERE’S THE NEWS THAT BROKE THROUGH 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. But 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.
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42%
40%
42%
Governors in Texas and Mississippi end mask mandates and allow all businesses to reopen at full capacity
03.02.21
GOP governors lift COVID restrictions
34%
39%
48%
Dr. Seuss Enterprises pulls six of its books from publication due to their use of racist imagery
03.02.21
Dr. Seuss books pulled
25%
19%
16%
Residents of Jackson, Miss., go weeks without water following a winter storm
03.05.21
Mississippi water crisis
51%
42%
37%
Oprah Winfrey interviews Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
03.07.21
Oprah interviews Meghan and Harry
21%
18%
17%
Major, the Bidens' dog, bites someone at the White House
03.09.21
Dog bites man
73%
64%
58%
Biden signs $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package into law
03.11.21
American Rescue Plan
62%
48%
35%
Biden directs states to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all U.S. adults by May 1
03.11.21
Nationwide vaccine push
33%
40%
50%
Number of child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border increases
03.11.21
Young migrants at the border
29%
36%
49%
Gas prices increase in the United States
03.13.21
Rising gas prices
12%
16%
26%
Trump recommends that Americans get the COVID-19 vaccine
03.16.21
Trump’s vaccine nudge
55%
48%
40%
Shooting spree at three Atlanta-area spas leaves 8 people dead, including 6 women of Asian descent
03.16.21
Atlanta spa shootings
59%
51%
46%
Ten people killed in a shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo.
03.22.21
Boulder shooting
42%
38%
37%
Container ship Ever Given runs aground in the Suez Canal
03.23.21
Suez Canal blocked
48%
34%
22%
Republicans in Georgia enact restrictive voting and elections law
03.25.21
Georgia voting restrictions
32%
23%
15%
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) confirms Justice Department sex-trafficking probe
03.30.21
Matt Gaetz investigated
42%
35%
30%
Biden introduces his $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan
03.31.21
‘American Jobs Plan' introduced
31%
25%
20%
Biden issues a 60-day ban on evictions in counties with high COVID-19 rates
08.03.21
Eviction ban
25%
17%
12%
Government reports that the U.S. economy added 943,000 jobs in July, the largest monthly total since August 2020
08.06.21
July jobs report
30%
27%
24%
Dixie Fire becomes the second largest wildfire in California's history
08.06.21
Dixie Fire
25%
18%
14%
U.N. panel finds climate change is worsening and there is limited time to avoid future crisis-level impacts
08.09.21
IPCC report
52%
49%
51%
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announces resignation after a state attorney general probe found he sexually harassed 11 women
08.10.21
Cuomo resigns
37%
34%
34%
Senate passes $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill
08.10.21
Infrastructure bill heads to House
34%
36%
39%
Taliban fighters gain control of two-thirds of Afghanistan
08.11.21
Taliban expands control of Afghanistan
16%
22%
29%
In July, U.S. detained the highest monthly number of migrants at the southern border for the past two decades
08.12.21
Record migration
58%
57%
58%
Thousands of Americans and Afghan allies evacuated from the Kabul airport
08.14.21
Kabul airlift
45%
39%
38%
Biden administration says many fully vaccinated adults will need a COVID-19 booster shot
08.18.21
Biden pushes boosters
53%
47%
42%
FDA gives full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
08.23.21
Full approval for Pfizer vaccine
52%
52%
54%
Explosions near the Kabul airport in Afghanistan result in multiple U.S. military and Afghan civilian casualties
08.26.21
Kabul attack
30%
26%
24%
Supreme Court blocks the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium
08.26.21
Eviction moratorium blocked
27%
20%
16%
Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd reveals himself as the officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 attack
08.26.21
Babbitt’s killer revealed
50%
48%
49%
Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana before causing deadly flooding in New York and New Jersey
08.29.21
Hurricane Ida
48%
49%
53%
Last U.S. soldiers leave Afghanistan, ending America's longest war
08.30.21
War in Afghanistan ends
27%
34%
44%
Republican Glenn Youngkin elected Virginia governor
11.02.21
Virginia governor's race
25%
21%
20%
Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) narrowly wins re-election
11.03.21
New Jersey governor's race
22%
16%
13%
Government reports that the U.S. economy added 531,000 jobs in October, exceeding expectations
11.05.21
October jobs report
50%
39%
30%
Deadly crowd surge at musician Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival
11.05.21
Travis Scott human crush
33%
36%
41%
Consumer prices rise 6.2% year over year, marking a 30-year high in inflation
11.10.21
30-year inflation high
42%
38%
37%
Biden signs the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law
11.15.21
Biden signs infrastructure bill
34%
22%
13%
House censures, removes Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) from committees after violent video targeting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
11.17.21
Gosar censured
37%
31%
28%
House passes Biden's climate and social spending package
11.19.21
House passes 'Build Back Better'
47%
44%
45%
The FDA authorizes booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech for all vaccinated U.S. adults
11.19.21
FDA authorizes COVID-19 boosters
47%
44%
48%
Jury finds Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty after shooting and killing two men, injuring another during Kenosha protest
11.19.21
Rittenhouse verdict
39%
38%
37%
Driver kills six and injures dozens more at a Christmas parade in Wisconsin
11.21.21
Waukesha parade attack
42%
31%
22%
Jury finds three men guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia
11.24.21
Verdict in Arbery case
38%
32%
28%
Scientists identify the coronavirus omicron variant in South Africa and several other countries
11.24.21
Omicron variant discovered
39%
32%
27%
U.S. and others suspend travel from some countries in southern Africa due to omicron
11.26.21
Omicron travel ban
13%
11%
11%
Jack Dorsey resigns as chief executive of Twitter
11.29.21
Dorsey leaves Twitter
16%
16%
16%
Jussie Smollett faces jury on charges of faking a hate crime in 2019
11.29.21
Smollett trial
49%
45%
41%
Shooting at a high school in Oxford, Mich., kills four students and injures several others
11.30.21
Oxford shooting