Watching Television Tops Reading as the Choice for News

December 7, 2018

University Public Relations keeps an eye out for data on where and how people get their news as we explore other approaches to share our stories from across the U of M system campuses.

The Pew Research Center recently released findings from a national survey showing 47 percent of Americans prefer watching the news on television, versus reading or listening to it. Reading came in at 34 percent, followed by listening at 19 percent.

The survey also found that adults 50 and younger are more likely than those 50 and older to prefer digital as the platform for receiving news, regardless of which format (reading, watching or listening) they enjoy most.

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