Pew Research Center’s ongoing initiative focusing on how Americans’ news habits and attitudes relate to what they hear, perceive and know about the 2020 U.S. presidential election. SEE FAQ >
Concern is highest among people who follow political news most closely, older adults and those who display more knowledge about politics in general.
As the U.S. enters a heated 2020 presidential election year, Republicans and Democrats place their trust in two nearly inverse news media environments.
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Key data points from our Election News Pathways research. SEE FULL ARCHIVE >
51% of Americans say they have a great deal/fair amount of confidence in the American people to accept the results of the election regardless of who wins.
28% of Americans say both Donald Trump and the news media are contributing equally to their tense relationship.
42% of U.S. adults ages 65 and older say they follow political and election news very closely, higher than any other age group.
36% of Republicans say they have gotten political and election news online in last week from Donald Trump or his campaign.
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Americans who closely follow political news are more likely to have confidence that the public will accept election results. And that's true across party boundaries.
There's broad concern among Democrats and Republicans about the influence that made-up news could have during the 2020 presidential election.
Democrats are more likely than Republicans to have stopped discussing political and election news with someone: 50% vs. 41%, respectively.
Both Democrats and Republicans express far more distrust than trust of social media sites as sources for political and election news.
Use an interactive tool to create tables exploring our survey questions about how Americans’ news habits and attitudes relate to what they hear, perceive and know about the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
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For more details about the Election News Pathways project, find answers to frequently asked questions.
A step-by-step guide on how to use the Election News Pathways interactive tool, which displays how Americans’ news habits and attitudes relate to what they hear, perceive and know about the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Our director of journalism studies explains how we determined what media outlets Americans turn to and trust for their political news.