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OCTOBER 21, 2014
Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum
Where do Americans get their news about politics and government? And how does the media environment intersect with political polarization? A Pew Research Center study based on a representative online survey finds striking differences in news habits along the ideological spectrum.
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Consumers of New Yorker
Just 3% of respondents get news from the New Yorker in a typical week, and the clear majority of its audience (77%) is left-of-center. In fact, those with consistently liberal political values make up about half (52%) of its audience (compared with 16% of all respondents).
Audience compared to all Web respondents
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Source: American Trends Panel (wave 1). Survey conducted March 19-April 29, 2014. Based on all Web respondents (representative of the 89% of Americans with internet access). Each graphic shows the ideological distribution of all respondents who got news about government and politics from the source over the course of a week. Sizes of each graphic reflect the relative sizes of their audiences, which can also be seen in the reference graphic on the top right of the page. (Overall N=2,901; sample sizes for consumers of each source available upon request.) Ideological consistency based on a scale of 10 political values questions.
Updated 10/21/14: Graphic updated to align visual representation of five segments of ideological spectrum with underlying data. All data labels and percentages are unchanged.
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