TV Trumps All Media As News Source

More Americans 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 6%.

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.



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