1- Most Americans think they are informed citizens, but almost half also say their fellow Americans are less informed than people in other developed nations.
2- Three-out-of-four believe most Americans vote based on their emotions, not because they are informed on the issues. Whites and Hispanics are in general agreement that most vote based on emotion, not the facts, but blacks aren't as convinced.
3- Most older adults still get their daily news from television, but those 18-39 look to the Internet more for news.
4- An overwhelming majority of those who consider themselves informed citizens get their news from the newspaper or Internet.
5- Despite the increasing availability of bite-size news nuggets, most adults still say they are likely to read a story in a newspaper or magazine or on the Internet all the way through to the end. Just one percent (1%) say that they get their news through social media platforms.
Now that you've been through all the slides...
Friday, October 04, 2013
Are Americans well-informed, or do they just think they are?
The Internet. E-mail. Social media. With easy access to information at any hour of the day, Americans claim to be pretty well informed about the world around them. But are they?
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