Cable, Internet News Sources Growing in Popularity

Among daily news sources, only cable and Internet news have shown significant gains in popularity since 2006, while all other media are stable or declining, Gallup reports.

Local television news continues to be Americans’ preferred source of daily news, with more than half of Americans (51%) saying they turn to it daily. Cable news and local newspapers are everyday sources of news for 40% of Americans. And for the first time since Gallup began asking this question in 1995, significantly more Americans say they turn to cable news networks daily than say they turn to nightly network news programs, though it is worth noting that the popularity of the network news programs has remained fairly stable compared with recent years.

Not surprisingly, the Internet has shown the biggest increase in popularity as a news source, with 31% of Americans now saying it is a daily news source. This marks a nearly 50% increase since 2006 and a more than 100% increase from 2002. Use of the Internet as a news source has increased each time Gallup has asked about it, beginning in 1995.

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