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Poll: Americans Get News From Social Media More Than Print

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By    |   Monday, 10 December 2018 04:48 PM

Social media has overtaken newspapers as a place where Americans get their news from for the first time, according to a new poll from Pew Research Center.

Just 16 percent said they get news often from print newspapers, while 20 percent said they get news from social media, 26 percent said radio, 33 percent said from a news website, and 49 percent said television.

In a similar poll taken in 2016, social media came in last as a news source with 18 percent, print newspapers came second-to-last with 20 percent, then radio at 25 percent, news websites at 28 percent, and television with 57 percent.

Among Americans aged 18-29, most get their news from social media at 36 percent, followed by news websites at 27 percent. Americans age 30-49 favored websites at 42 percent and TV at 36 percent, those age 50 to 64 overwhelmingly chose TV at 65 percent, as did those above age 65 at 81 percent.

Among TV news sources, local TV was found to be the most popular at 37 percent, followed by 30 percent for cable TV news and 25 percent for national evening network news shows.

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