Download PDF The latest issue of AEI’s monthly newsletter on public opinion, AEI Political Report, examines the disillusioned state of the nation, changing opinions on gay marriage, and how Americans consume news media. Some highlights:
- Twenty percent say dissatisfaction with the government is the most important problem in the nation. Gallup notes that the response is “as high as it has been since the Watergate days of 1974.”
- Sixty-nine percent reported in a recent NBC/WSJ poll that they personally know someone who is gay or lesbian. In 1992, 22 percent told interviewers that they had a friend or close acquaintance who was gay.
- People are changing the ways in which they consume news media. In 1996, only 2 percent of Americans regularly received their news online. Now, 46 percent do.
- A growing number of young people are going newsless. Twenty-nine percent of people under age 25 got no news yesterday from traditional or digital news platforms, including from cell phones and social networks.
- Almost 70 percent had a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the mass media when it comes to reporting the news “fully, accurately, and fairly” in the early 1970s. Today only 40 percent say they have that level of confidence.
- Self-identified Republicans constitute almost a fifth of the audience of the left-leaning political news site Talking Points Memo, while Democrats make up a similar portion of the right-leaning Drudge Report audience.