Appendix: Measuring news sources used during the 2020 presidential election

At three points during the 2020 election season, the American News Pathways project classified Americans’ news diets according to the political leanings of the audiences of the news outlets they used to get political and election news. For the analysis in Chapter 1, respondents’ news diets from three surveys conducted in November 2019, September 2020 […] The post Appendix: Measuring news sources used during the 2020 presidential election appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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5. Republicans’ views on COVID-19 shifted over course of 2020; Democrats’ hardly budged

In March 2020, as the World Health Organization was declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic and its spread was accelerating in the U.S., Republicans and Democrats were paying similar levels of attention to news coverage of the outbreak. At that time, 53% of Democrats (including those who lean Democratic) were following news of the pandemic very […] The post 5. Republicans’ views on COVID-19 shifted over course of 2020; Democrats’ hardly budged appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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4. Americans who mainly got news via social media knew less about politics and current events, heard more about some unproven stories

Beyond the differences in perceptions between partisans – and within parties based on people’s news sources – those who turn to social media as the most common way they get their political news stand out in some ways from those who get news from other pathways (news websites and apps; local, cable, and network TV; […] The post 4. Americans who mainly got news via social media knew less about politics and current events, heard more about some unproven stories appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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3. Misinformation and competing views of reality abounded throughout 2020

Unprecedented national news events, a sharp and sometimes hostile political divide, and polarized news streams created a ripe environment for misinformation and made-up news in 2020. The truth surrounding the two intense, yearlong storylines – the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election – was often a matter of dispute, whether due to genuine confusion or […] The post 3. Misinformation and competing views of reality abounded throughout 2020 appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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How Americans Navigated the News in 2020: A Tumultuous Year in Review

Americans inhabited different information environments, with wide gaps in how they viewed the election and COVID-19. The post How Americans Navigated the News in 2020: A Tumultuous Year in Review appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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2. Republicans who relied on Trump for news in 2020 diverged from others in GOP in views of COVID-19, election

While large partisan gaps emerged in views of two dominant stories of last year – the COVID-19 pandemic and the presidential election – there also was one clear and consistent difference within a single party. As a whole, Republicans who turned to Donald Trump as a key source of news about these events had different […] The post 2. Republicans who relied on Trump for news in 2020 diverged from others in GOP in views of COVID-19, election appeared first on Pew Research Center's Journalism Project.

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