July 9, 2013
Despite the rise of the Internet, television is still the main medium where Americans say they get news about current events. In a Gallup poll of 2,048 adults, 55 percent said TV was their main news source, compared to 21 percent for the Internet, 9 percent for newspapers or other print publications, and 6 percent for radio. Online, 2 percent identified Facebook, Twitter or other social media as their main news source, and just 1 percent mentioned a specific news site.
If the current media preferences of young adults continue, then the future looks brighter for TV than for print. Half of adults ages 18 to 49 identified television as their main news source. Heavy reliance on print was exclusive to seniors, with 18 percent citing newspapers or other print publications as their main sources of news, compared to the six percent to eight percent of younger groups who rely on print.
People with postgraduate educations placed the most emphasis on newspapers or other print publications, with 19 percent naming them as their main news sources. The number that relies on print drops to 7 percent both among college graduates and those without any college experience, the Gallup poll found. At 26 percent, Americans employed either full- or part-time were more likely than those not currently working to say the Internet is their main source of news, but television was still the top choice for both groups, Gallup said. — Greg Beaubien