Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. --- Mark Twain
With a lot of talk about the weather over the past week, Rasmussen Reports finds almost half (48 percent) of adults surveyed followed news reports about Hurricane Irene very closely, notes Grumpy Editor.
On the other hand, 18 percent said they were not following closely, if at all, media coverage of bad weather, adds Rasmussen, following a telephone survey of 1,000 adults conducted Aug. 26 and 27 as Hurricane Irene worked itself up the East Coast toward New York City.
The Rasmussen survey also uncovered:
Just over one fourth (28 percent) said the media give too much coverage to weather incidents such as Irene, while seven percent claimed there was not enough coverage.
Women followed regular weather updates on Irene more closely than men.
About one third (34 percent) of men felt there was too much coverage of threatening weather.
Middle-aged adults were more critical of media coverage of weather than other age groups.
Most Americans continued to head for television sets as the source of weather news, despite the variety of other sources now available.