Jul. 30, 2006

Section 3: Attitudes Toward the News

A narrow majority of Americans say they enjoy keeping up with the news “a lot,” and this attitude is one of the strongest predictors of how much news people actually seek out. Enjoyment of the news has been very stable over the past dozen years. About one-third (34%) say they enjoy keeping up with the […]

Jul. 30, 2006

Section 4: Audience Segments

Majorities of Americans say they follow local news (57%) and national news (55%) most of the time, not just when important events occur. But the opposite is true for international news ­ just 39% say they follow overseas news most of the time, compared with 58% who follow it only when something important happens. That […]

Jun. 8, 2004

III. International News Audience Broader, Not Deeper

Over the past two years, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of Americans who say they closely follow international news most of the time, not just when important events occur. For the first time since the Pew Research Center began asking six years ago, nearly as many Americans say they track international […]

Jun. 8, 2004

IV. Attitudes Toward the News

Most Americans pay only a moderate amount of attention to what is traditionally referred to as hard news coverage of international affairs, politics and events in Washington, local government, and business and finance. A smaller group of news consumers less than a third of the public (31%) consistently focuses on these types of stories. At […]

Jun. 8, 2004

II. The Changing Online News Audience

The nation’s online population has grown steadily over the past four years, as has the percentage of the public that regularly gets news from the Internet. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say they go online to access the Internet or to send and receive email, up from 54% in 2000. During the same period, the number […]

Dec. 23, 2003

Iraq News Draws Most Public Attention in 2003

2003 Year End News Interest Index

Jan. 5, 2003

Political Sites Gain, But Major News Sites Still Dominant

Introduction and Summary More Americans used the Internet to get campaign information in 2002 than during the last midterm election four years ago. While much of this increase has come from the overall growth in the online population, a higher proportion of Internet users sought election news than did so four years ago (22% now, […]

Jun. 11, 2000

Section I: The Changing Media Landscape

The revolution in communications technology is clearly changing the way Americans live, and it has created a highly competitive environment for those who provide news and information to the public. Nearly seven-in-ten Americans (68%) now use a computer on at least an occasional basis, up from 61% in 1998 and 58% in 1996. Almost as […]

May. 13, 1996

Other Important Findings

Network TV News Credibility Slips In a separate survey by the Center, the public perception of the believability of two network news anchors eroded significantly, as did the believability of two news networks, compared to three years ago. Tom Brokaw, NBC News, and CBS News were the exceptions, experiencing only statistically insignificant decreases in this […]

Dec. 28, 1995

Younger Americans and Women Less Informed: One In Four Americans Follow National News Closely

Summary On the occasion of our transition from Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press to the Pew Research Center, we offer an overview of what we have learned during the past five years about the news stories that are followed closely by the public and how much Americans know about current events. […]

Apr. 6, 1995

Network News Viewing And Newspapers Reading Off

Report Summary Fewer people are reading newspapers and watching network television news these days. It is unclear whether this is a continuation of the long-term decline in audiences of both media, or whether it is a result of the O.J. Simpson trial, which has gripped the attention of a significant percentage of core news consumers.

Jul. 16, 1993

The Vocal Minority In American Politics

Report Summary American public opinion is being distorted and exaggerated by the voices that dominate the airwaves of talk radio, clog the White House switchboard when a Zoe Baird stumbles, and respond to call-in polls. In the current environment, these new voices of public opinion can caricature discontent with American political institutions, rather than genuinely […]