(WASHINGTON ) – The Internet is gaining on television as America’s primary source for national and international news, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
According to the poll, 41 percent of Americans get a majority of their national and international news from the Internet. Sixty-six percent say television is still their primary source, followed by 31 percent from the newspaper and 16 percent from radio. Respondents were allowed to choose their top two primary sources -- therefore, the figures add up to more than 100 percent.
The use of Internet for news has jumped 17 percentage points since 2007, while the percent of Americans who use television for news dropped eight percentage points in the past three years.
The Internet, however, has already passed television when it comes to people under the age of 30. From 2007 to 2010, the percent of 18-to-29-year-olds citing the Internet as their main source of news nearly doubled, from 34 percent to 65 percent.
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