Americans Trust Online News More Than TV
When it comes to trusting the press in general 54 percent of Americans say they do not trust them and 46 percent say they do not trust television while 41 percent say the do trust Internet news according to a new poll from HarrisInteractive.
Politically Democrats are more likely to trust the media than Republicans. Just over half of Democrats (51%) trust radio compared to 45 percent of Republicans, and 45 percent of Democrats trust Internet news sites compared to 40 percent of Republicans.
Half of Democrats (50%) say they trust television compared to 31 percent of Republicans. Forty-three percent of Democrats say they trust the press in general while just 19 percent of Republicans feel the same.
While the trust level for Internet news is higher than other types of media that’s not where Americans turn to for political news. Seventy percent tune into to their local television news, followed by 66 percent who watch cable news stations like CNN or FOX. Sixty-five percent of Americans read their local newspapers for political news and 64 percent watch network television news.
Thirty-two percent of Americans never visit the Web sites of national newspapers for political news and 30 percent never go to the Web sites of cable news stations when looking for political news.
By generation people 63 and older are more likely to watch local television news (83%) while Baby Boomers (those between 44-62) are more likely to watch cable news (74%), local newspapers (74%) and network television (73%).
What is surprising is that the youngest generation is not the most likely to visit the Web sites of various media but Baby Boomers. Boomers are the generation most likely to use the Web sites for national newspapers (40%) and the cable television networks (40%) all the time or occasionally.