Americans do not approach the news with a unified set

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Unformatted text preview: ganizations do a good job on subjects that matter to them, while conservatives and Republicans are the group most likely to see coverage as biased. Pew Internet & American Life Project Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | 26 Republicans are the group most likely to see coverage as biased. Straight or with a point of view? Americans do not approach the news with a unified set of expectations and norms. Only Pew Internet & American Life Project Understanding the Participatory News Consumer | 27 half say their preference is for objective, straight news: 49% say they prefer getting news from sources that do not have a particular point of view; 31% prefer sources that share Straight or with a point of view? Americans do not approach the news with a unified set of expectations and norms. Only half say their preference is for objective, straight news: 49% say they prefer getting news from sources that do not have a particular point of view; 31% prefer sources that share their point of view; and 11% say they prefer sources whose point of view differs with theirs. The rest say they don ’t know their preference or don ’t want to declare it. The people who are more likely than others to prefer sources with no point of view include: internet users who get news online, whites, and those with higher levels of educational attainment. Those without strong partisan ties (i.e. Independents) or ideological connections (i.e. moderates) are also more likely than partisans to want their news straight. Those who are disproportionately likely to seek out news sources that match their own views include Republicans and conservatives. Democrats, in contrast, are more likely than other groups to seek out news that either supports their own views or differs from their own views (as opposed to seeking out news coverage that has no particular point of view). There is no notable technological element to the preference for news that matches one ’s own views – heavy tech users, light tech users and non -tech users are relatively close in their preferences. Broadband and wireless news seekers are no more or le...
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