Americans still prefer getting their news from television, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
The survey found that 47 percent of Americans prefer watching the news rather than reading or listening to it. The figure was 46 percent in 2016.
The study was conducted between July 30 and Aug. 12, 2018, among 3,425 U.S. adults who are members of the Center’s nationally represented American Trends Panel.
In addition to exploring the preferred format for news consumption, the study also measured which platform people preferred most for their news: print, television, the internet or radio. Amy Mitchell, the director of journalism research at Pew Research Center, said that television continues to rank first as the preferred platform. Just over four in ten U.S. adults (44 percent) prefer TV, compared with about a third (34 percent) who prefer the web, 14 percent who prefer radio and 7 percent who prefer print.
The researcher pointed out that the only meaningful shifts since 2016 are a small increase in online and decrease in print news consumption.