America lied to Pew Research. According to a new poll from the organization, the news stories we paid the most attention to over the last few months were the bombings in Boston and debates on Capitol Hill. According to Google, that's half right.
The focus of Pew's research was Syria. (More on that below.) Being news junkies, however, we were more intrigued by this chart, showing the news stories America followed the most closely during the past two months, according to America.
America, we hate to have to call you out, but: We don't think so.
There's another source we can turn to that might shed a little light on this. Google's Trends tool allows use to map interest as conveyed by Google searches within a set geographic area, over time. So we decided to compare what people told Pew with what they asked their search engine.
(There were two little adjustments was had to make: Google Trends has a limit of five search terms per graph, so we had to break it out a bit; and in order to ensure we were tracking the most accurate information, we tweaked the search terms to reflect what people might actually search for.)
Boston, gun control, North Korea, unemployment, sequester