use Fox News as their principal news source than any other specific TV outlet, according to a new poll. The Gallup survey found that 8% use Fox News as their main source, which topped CNN at 7%. Local
stations and broadcast evening newscasts followed at 4% and 2%, respectively.
One reason that Fox News has a slight edge is that 63% of Republicans cite TV as their main news source,
compared to 54% for Democrats.
No other specific source broke the 1% level, where ABC, MSNBC, NBC, Univision and others stood. CBS was less than 0.5%.
With the leader at only 8%,
there is considerable evidence of fragmentation, but overall TV tops other media with 55% using TV as their main news source. The Internet was second at 21%, followed by print at 9% and radio at
Facebook, Twitter and social media as a group came in at 2%, topping The Wall Street Journal
and The New York Times
at 1%. NPR was also at 1%.
The survey of
about 2,048 adults nationally was conducted June 20-24.
While the Internet may be a growing source for younger people, 50% of those in both the 18-to-29 and
24-to-39 demos say TV remains their main source. Print continues to have resonance among those 65+ with TV leading at 68%, followed by 18% for print and 6% for the Internet. But the Internet tops
print by a large margin (18% to 8%) even in the 50-to-64 demo.