Americans Immersed in COVID-19 News; Most Think Media Are Doing Fairly Well Covering It
About half say they have seen at least some made-up news about the virus; 29% think it was created in a lab.
U.S. Public Sees Multiple Threats From the Coronavirus – and Concerns Are Growing
Majorities express confidence in how the CDC and state and local officials are responding to the outbreak.
Looking back on impeachment, a quarter of Americans say Trump did nothing wrong
A 46% plurality of U.S. adults say the president did something wrong regarding Ukraine and it was enough to justify his removal from office.
Black and white Democrats differ in their media diets, assessments of primaries
There are notable differences between white and black Democrats in news consumption habits and assessments of recent political events and figures in the news.
American News Pathways Methodology
Data in the American News Pathways project is drawn from The American Trends Panel, a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Read for more information about this survey's methodology.
5 key findings from our latest Election News Pathways survey, from impeachment to the Democratic race
59% of Americans are following news about the 2020 candidates closely, but far fewer are following it very closely at this stage of the race.
Democrats see Biden and Sanders as very different ideologically
There are differences among Democrats in perceptions of the front-runners’ political views by race and ethnicity, age, education and ideology.
About one-fifth of Democrats and Republicans get political news in a kind of media bubble
In total, 20% of all Democrats get political news only from outlets with left-leaning audiences, while 18% of all Republicans do so only from outlets with right-leaning audiences.
Most say journalists should be watchdogs, but views of how well they fill this role vary by party, media diet
Nearly three out of four U.S. adults say that, in general, it’s important for journalists to function as watchdogs over elected officials.
Americans’ news fatigue isn’t going away – about two-thirds still feel worn out
66% of Americans feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days – a feeling that has persisted for several years now.
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