Sorry, Twitter: US Still Gets its News From TV

55% say TV is still their main news source; 2% Twitter, Facebook

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 8, 2013 5:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – The revolution will not be tweeted, live streamed, or Instagrammed. Not yet, anyway. For now, TV remains America's No. 1 news source, according to a new Gallup poll. And those results held true regardless of age, politics, gender, education, or employment status, Politico reports. Of those surveyed, 55% said TV was their main source for news and current events, compared to 21% for Internet. The news was less reassuring for the future of print media, which only 9% named, while radio was 6%. Of those who said the Internet was their main news source, only 2% specifically identified social media services such as Twitter and Facebook as their go-to medium.

In less headline-worthy news, 94% of those who identified Fox News specifically as their main news source (which was 8% of all surveyed) were either Republicans or leaned Republican, whereas 63% of those who named CNN (7% overall) were Democrats or leaned Democrat. Of the Fox watchers, 97% said they disapprove of the job Obama is doing, while 57% of CNN fans approve.

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