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Voters Remain Wary of Political News They’re Getting

Monday, July 25, 2016

Television, primarily cable, still reigns supreme for political news among voters, and while they remain skeptical, voters are slightly more trusting of the news they are getting this election cycle compared to past years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters say they will get most of their political news in 2016 from television. That includes 35% who will rely mostly on cable news networks and 19% who prefer traditional TV news networks. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say they’ll look mostly to the internet for their political news, up from 22% last December and similar to the number measured during the 2014 midterm elections.

Eight percent (8%) say they’ll rely on print newspapers, while five percent (5%) prefer radio for their political news. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 20-21, 2016 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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