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Majority of Americans are following election news closely — but many are worn out

Most U.S. adults say they are finding election news because they happen to come across it, not because they are seeking it out.
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Posted at 9:58 AM, May 29, 2024

As Americans prepare to hit the polls in the fall, more than half — 58% — say they’re following election news closely, according to a Pew Research poll.

But most also report they are already worn out.

About 62% of U.S. adults say they’re experiencing fatigue with coverage on campaigns and candidates. On the other hand, 35% are liking staying so informed.

By party, Republican voters and independent voters who lean Republican are more likely to follow election news closely than Democrats and independents who lean Democrat.

By age, older adults are more likely than younger adults to be invested in election coverage.

The Americans who are following election news more closely are less likely to be those experiencing fatigue with all the coverage.

Most U.S. adults say they are finding election news because they happen to come across it, as opposed to those who seek it out.

But by age group, there is a stark difference.

Only 25% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say they are getting political news because they’re looking for it. And 73% of them say they are just coming across it.

But 60% of U.S. adults who are 65 and older are searching for their political news, compared to 39% who come upon it.

Most Americans — 62% — say they are getting their political news from journalists and news organizations. A much lesser 11% say they get their news from friends, family and neighbors. Only 4% say they get their news from celebrities and influencers, and 3% get it from politicians and political parties.

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