Americans’ Interest in Philippine Crisis Less Than in Other Disasters, Poll Finds

Typhoon Haiyan is commanding less attention among American than previous high-profile natural disasters, a trend likely to be mirrored in giving, The Christian Science Monitor writes, citing a new Pew Research Center study.

Thirty-two percent of respondents to the Pew survey said they were following news about Haiyan and its aftermath very closely, placing the storm second among the week’s news stories to the troubled Obamacare rollout. Figures for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Japan earthquake, and the 2004 Indonesia tsunami were in the 60-percent range.

Pew found that U.S. donations for disaster relief tend to track interest in the story. Thirty-one percent of respondents said they had given or were planning to give to Haiyan relief efforts, again lower than the charity response a week after past catastrophes.

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