You wouldn't know it from watching a Republican debate with your Twitter feed open, but according to a new report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, fewer Americans are closely following news about the presidential campaign than they were four years ago. (To be fair, the Pew study also points out that we only have one race this primary season, not GOP and Democrat.) And while cable news remains a steady source of political news for the populace, a surprisingly scant percentage of the public (2 percent) say they regularly learn about the campaign from Twitter.
"I am the 2 percent," Garance Franke-Ruta, senior political editor for The Atlantic, joked on Twitter.
Just 20 percent of Americans say they "regularly or sometimes get campaign information from Facebook," according to the survey; just one-in-20 say the same about Twitter.
In terms of online news sources, there was some good news in the report for Yahoo News:
When respondents are asked to name the specific internet sources they turn to for campaign news and information, the most frequently cited are CNN (by 24% of those who get campaign news online), Yahoo (22%), Google (13%), Fox News (10%), MSN (9%) and MSNBC (8%). Politically-oriented sites like Huffington Post and the Drudge Report are each mentioned by only 2% of those who get campaign news online.
Click here for the full Pew study.
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