Monday, December 12, 2011
The chart below shows trend data from 27 national surveys conducted between 1993 to 2011 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Pew asked American adults: "How do you get most of your news about national and international issues? Television, newspapers, radio, magazines, Internet." Television as a primary news source for the public has dropped from a high of 88% in January 1996 to a current level of 66%. Newspapers have dropped from a high of 63% in September 1995 to 31% currently. Meantime, the internet has risen steadily — passing radio in July 2003, newspapers in December 2008, and continuing to close the gap with television. When Pew first included "the internet" in January 1999, only 6% of American adults named it as a source for news on national and international issues. In Pew's latest survey, 43% said they use the internet as a primary source for news.
Roll over years to display data. Drag several years to zoom the chart. Toggle a line by clicking an item in the legend.