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19% Get Regular News Updates Via Phone or Other Devices

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One-in-five voters now regularly get news and political updates on their phones or other portable electronic devices.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 19% of Likely U.S. Voters say they get updated news feeds in this fashion, while 79% do not. This marks little change from a year ago at this time. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Voters under 30 are more likely to get routine news updates this way than those who are older. Democrats are more likely to get these regular news feeds than Republicans or voters not affiliated with either party.

Use of the Internet to find political and other news also remains generally unchanged. A plurality (44%) go online to read political news at least once a week, including 20% who seek such news online every day or nearly every day. However, 33% say they rarely or never go online to read about politics, elections and government. 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted December 26, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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