While U.S. Democrats turn to a variety of outlets for political news, no source comes close to matching the appeal of Fox News for Republicans.
Responses to cable news coverage and the pandemic vary notably among Americans who identify Fox News, MSNBC or CNN as their main source of political news.
Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system.
Local television news programming has shed audience over the past decade, but it still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs.
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.
Just 31% of Americans say it would be very hard to give up their TV, down from 2006. In contrast, roughly half of cellphone owners say it would be very hard to give up their cellphone.
On a typical weekday, three-quarters of U.S. Latinos get their news from internet sources, nearly equal to the share who do so from television, according to a 2016 survey of Latino adults by Pew Research Center.
Just 50% of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57% a year prior in early 2016.
Many Americans are exposed to science through TV and movies, and they come away with a positive impression of working in science, technology and medicine.
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.