NEW: We look back on the findings and key takeaways from our American News Pathways project (conducted from November 2019 through December 2020) in our new analysis. (THREAD 1/)…
24% of Republicans consistently turned only to news sources with right-leaning audiences in at least 2 of 3 Pathways surveys, and 25% of Democrats chose only sources with left-leaning audiences. 2/…
Republicans and Democrats using news with like-minded audiences tend to describe their views as more ideologically consistent. 3/…
The group of Republicans that consistently turned to only outlets with like-minded audiences is much older than the other groups 79% are 50 and older, while just 4% of the group are ages 18 to 29. 4/…
Democrats who consistently used only news outlets with left-leaning audiences to get political news during the past year have much higher levels of education than Democrats with other news consumption habits. 5/…
Republicans who relied most on Trump and his coronavirus task force for news about the pandemic were more likely than other Republicans to say the U.S. had controlled the outbreak as much as it could have. 6/…
Republicans who used Trump and his campaign as a major source for election news were much more likely see voter fraud as a major problem than Republicans who did not (61% vs. 36%) 7/…
Even a year before the 2020 election, in November 2019, the vast majority of Americans said they were either “very” (48%) or “somewhat” (34%) concerned about the impact made-up news could have on the election. 8/…
What Americans categorize as made-up news varies widely – and often aligns with partisan views. 9/…
While many Americans get news on social media, the public as a whole largely distrusts these platforms as a source for political news. For example, 59% of U.S. adults said they distrusted Facebook as a place for political news. 10/…
Americans who turn to social media for their news tend to be less engaged with that news than others. They were less likely to say in June 2020, for example, that they had been closely following news about the 2020 election candidates or the coronavirus outbreak. 11/
Americans who mostly turn to social media for their news lag behind Americans who turn to most other sources of news in their knowledge and understanding of national politics, current events, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 12/…
These are just a few of the takeaways from our American News Pathways project (conducted from November 2019 through December 2020). See more in our new report (13/13):…

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