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57 Percent Follow National News Very Closely

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:57 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Fifty-seven percent (57 percent) of Americans say they follow national news stories very closely.[1]

According to the Pew Research Center, there is less interest in local news. Only 40% follow local news very closely.

Those results may seem surprising to people who believe that all politics is local. However, it is quite reasonable to assume that people interpret much national news from a more local perspective.

A good example of this may be the response to the tax cuts recently passed by Congress and signed by President Trump. Many voters in a few high-tax states like New York, New Jersey, and California are upset by the limitation on deducting state and local taxes. Voters in many other states may have an entirely different reaction to the same national news.

The Pew data also found very little interest in international news. Just 17 percent of Americans follow foreign news very closely.

Last Friday’s Number of the Day showed that just 13 percent of Americans give the media top marks for reporting both sides of political stories.

Footnotes:

Pew Research Center, "Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver," January 11, 2018

Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author.

Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is the author of "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," "In Search of Self-Governance," and "The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt." Read more reports from Scott Rasmussen — Click Here Now.

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