Fully two-thirds of Americans – 67% – say traditional journalism is out of touch with what they want from news, and for nearly half of Americans the internet is now the top source of news, according to a new We Media/Zogby Interactive online survey.
Though most Americans (70%) think journalism is important to the quality of life in their communities, two-thirds (64%) are dissatisfied with the quality of journalism in their communities.
Republicans (79%) and political independents (75%) are most likely to feel disenchanted with conventional journalism, but the survey found that 50% of Democrats also expressed similar concerns.
Those who identify themselves as “very conservative” were among the most dissatisfied, with 89% who view traditional journalism as out of touch.
Websites were alo cited as more trustworthy than more traditional media sources – nearly one-third (32%) said internet sites are their most trusted source for news and information, followed by newspapers (22%), television (21%) and radio (15%).
Among other major findings of the study:
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About the study: The Zogby Interactive survey of 1,979 adults nationwide was conducted Feb. 20-21, 2008. This is the second year of the survey. See the complete methodological statement on this survey.
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