Western Europeans Under 30 View News Media Less Positively, Rely More on Digital Platforms Than Older Adults
Younger adults in eight Western European countries are about twice as likely as older adults to get news online than from TV. They also are more critical of the media’s performance and coverage of key issues.
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.
Most Western Europeans prefer TV news while use of print outlets lags
Western Europeans have a clear preference for television as a source of news. And while use of online and radio outlets for news is also widespread, print trails the other formats.
5 facts about the state of the news media in 2017
Audiences for nearly every major sector of the U.S. news media fell in 2017 except for radio. Cable news revenue continued to rise, as did digital ad revenue.
Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow, outpacing desktops and laptops
Roughly six-in-ten U.S. adults often get news on a mobile device, 19 percentage points higher than the 39% who often get news on a desktop or laptop computer.
Q&A: Telling the difference between factual and opinion statements in the news
Read a Q&A with Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew Research Center, on a new report that explores Americans’ ability to distinguish factual news statements from opinions.
Across Western Europe, public news media are widely used and trusted sources of news
In seven Western European countries surveyed, the top main source for news is a public news organization – such as the BBC in the UK, Sveriges Television/Radio (SVT/Radio) in Sweden or ARD in Germany – rather than a private one.
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.
Fact Sheets: News Media and Political Attitudes in Western Europe
Findings about news media views and habits in Western Europe from a survey about media, political attitudes and populist views in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Western Europeans who hold populist views rate the news media less positively than those with non-populist views
Ratings on how well the media perform on several core functions, like investigating the actions of the government and getting the facts right, differ between those who hold populist views and those who do not.