Republicans: Trayvon Martin Story is Getting Too Much Media Attention

A Pew study reveals partisan divide over coverage of the case surrounding the shooting of a Fla. boy.

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Political stories aren't the only partisan issues currently being covered by the media, according to one recent poll. [Photo Gallery: Protesters Seek Justice for Trayvon Martin]

A Pew Research study out Tuesday shows liberals and conservatives hold conflicting views about what the media should have been covering during the evening news over the past few weeks.

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With more information coming to light in relation to Trayvon Martin's death, the story flooded the news cycle for the second consecutive week. The story accounted for 18 percent of what was covered by the news media last week.

Of the 1,000 adults surveyed by Pew, 56 percent of Republicans said they felt the coverage was too heavy, compared to 25 percent of Democrats who said the story had garnered too much attention.

Overall, 40 percent of Americans said that they were happy with the amount of stories surrounding Martin's shooting, with 37 percent of viewers feeling they were getting too much coverage, and 14 percent saying the media hadn't done enough reporting.

Whites were also more inclined to say they were fed up with all of the coverage, with 43 percent saying they had seen enough, compared to 16 percent of blacks surveyed.

But while some are unhappy with the amount of coverage, the story continues to be high among the national interest.

Thirty percent of viewers reported that Martin's death was the news story they were most closely following. The Supreme Court testimony on the healthcare law was second at 15 percent.

News consumers also reported following recent economic developments, the 2012 election, the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the Pope's visit to Cuba.

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