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Pew: 68 Percent of Americans Have News Fatigue

Pew: 68 Percent of Americans Have News Fatigue
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By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 02:10 PM

Sixty-eight percent of Americans feel worn out by the amount of news there is, compared with only 30 percent who say they like the amount of news they receive, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Tuesday.

The feeling is especially prominent among Republicans. Seventy-seven percent of GOP supporters and Republican-leaning independents are worn out over how much news there is, compared with 61 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.

This elevated fatigue among Republicans is in line with them having less enthusiasm than Democrats for the midterm elections.

Other results from the poll include:

  • While 62 percent of those who follow the news most of the time are feeling worn out by the news, that feeling is shared by 78 percent of those who less frequently get news.
  • Sixty-five percent of American say they follow the news most of time, while 34 percent say they follow only when something important is happening.
  • Eighty percent of those who think national news organizations do "not too" or "not at all well" in informing the public are feeling this exhaustion.
  • Among those who say the news media do "fairly well," 69 percent are worn out, while for those who think news organizations do "very well," only 48 percent are worn out.
  • Seventeen percent of Americans say national news organizations are doing very well at keeping the public informed of the most important national stories of the day, while 24 percent say they do not too or not at all well and 58 percent say the news media do fairly well.
  • Seventy-three percent of white Americans express fatigue with the amount of news, while only 55 percent of Hispanics and black Americans feel that way.
  • Women are also somewhat more likely than men to feel worn out, 71 percent to 64 percent.

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A recent Pew Research Center survey released on Tuesday finds that 68 percent of Americans feel worn out by the amount of news there is, compared with only 30 percent who say they like the amount of news they receive.
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