Jeffrey Gottfried is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on U.S. public opinion about journalism and the news media. He is an author of a number of studies, including about political polarization and media habits, news and social media, Millennials and news, political news satire and journalism and elections. Prior to joining the Center, Gottfried was the Howard Deshong Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He received his Ph.D. in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where his graduate work focused on the role of election campaign communication on voters’ political attitudes and behaviors. Gottfried regularly discusses findings with the media, and presents his research at conferences and to professional groups.
Younger Americans are better than older Americans at telling factual news statements from opinions
Younger U.S. adults were better than their elders at differentiating between factual and opinion statements in a survey conducted in early 2018.
Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News
The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better in differentiating factual statements from opinions.
Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans
If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A sizable portion of Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is.
In Trump’s first 100 days, news stories citing his tweets were more likely to be negative
News stories about the beginning of Trump administration’s presidency that included one of his tweets were more likely to have an overall negative assessment.
Most Americans get their science news from general outlets, but many doubt their accuracy
Where do Americans go to stay informed about science topics? Here are some key takeaways about Americans’ science news habits today.
Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use
As of August 2017, 43% of Americans report often getting news online, just 7 points lower than the 50% who often get news on television.
For election news, young people turned to some national papers more than their elders
When we asked people if they regularly got news about the 2016 presidential election through either the print or online version of four specific U.S. newspapers, three of these papers – The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal – attracted more adults younger than 50 than 50 and older as regular readers.
Majority of U.S. adults think news media should not add interpretation to the facts
A majority of U.S. adults (59%) reject the idea of adding interpretation, saying that the news media should present the facts alone
Partisans disagree on news media’s best, worst traits
Americans are divided in what they consider the most positive and negative attribute of the news media, and much of that divide follows party lines.
More say press is too easy on Trump than said so of Romney, McCain
Only a slim minority thinks the news media’s coverage of Trump and Clinton is too tough, a view the public also held in previous general elections.