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MONEY SHOT 2

Americans are more interested in the economy than the transition, according to the Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index released Thursday. The survey found that 56 percent say the economy is the story they follow very closely, compared to 32 percent who cited the “Obama transition.”

Coverage is proving annoying: half of the respondents said economic news made them angry, while 43 percent were scared, 37 percent were confused and 35 percent depressed.

Forty-three percent of Americans say that a government bailout of financial institutions is the “wrong thing to do.” The figure is 32 percent among Democrats and 53 percent among Republicans.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted Nov. 14-17 and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

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