A new study reveals that American citizens have become much more reliant on the internet for political news over the last few years. The influence of the internet has sixfold since 1996 and the influence of newspapers has dropped sharply.
Eighteen percent of American adults cited the Internet as one of their two main sources of news about the presidential races, compared with 3% in 1996. The reliance on television grew slightly to 78%, up from 72%.
Meanwhile, the influence of newspapers dropped to 39% last year, from 60% in 1996, according to the joint, telephone-based survey from the Pew Research Center for The People and the Press and the Pew Internet and American Life Project.