Internet up as source for news
January 3, 2005
A new Gallup Poll finds that Americans are increasingly turning to the Internet for news — with online usage now at an all-time high.
Use of public television news, nightly network news, local television news and National Public Radio has decreased. The number of Americans who report using nightly network news programs, local TV news, local newspapers and network newsmagazine shows reached new lows in this year's poll.
The poll, conducted last month, asked Americans how often they get news from 10 different daily news sources and three weekly news sources. Local television news ranked at the top of the list of daily news sources, with 51 percent of Americans saying they use this source every day (and another 19 percent saying they use it several times a week).
Local newspapers were next, with a 44 percent daily use rating; cable news networks at 39 percent; and nightly network news programs at 36 percent. Morning programs on the national television networks and public television news were in the middle with 27 percent.
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