Civics: Americans’ main sources for political news vary by party and age

Elizabeth Greico:

MSNBC’s core audience is more Democratic than Fox’s is Republican (it’s close, but MSNBC is the single most partisan outlet in this poll: pure choir preaching).

More importantly, those who cite NYT as their main news source are almost entirely Democrats. – Glenn Greenwald.

The number that stands out here is the New York Times being as nearly perfect a partisan product as MSNBC – I imagine the numbers would have been at least somewhat different ten years ago. – Matt Taibbi.

Four of the eight sources named by at least 2% of U.S. adults are much more likely to be named by Democrats and independents who lean Democratic than by Republicans and GOP leaners: MSNBC, The New York Times, NPR and CNN. Fox News is the one outlet among these eight that is far more likely to be named by Republicans than by Democrats.

Those who name Fox News and MSNBC display roughly the same high levels of partisanship. About nine-in-ten of those whose main source is Fox News (93%) identify as Republican, very close to the 95% of those who name MSNBC and identify as Democrats. Similarly, about nine-in-ten of those who name The New York Times (91%) and NPR (87%) as their main political news source identify as Democrats, with CNN at about eight-in-ten (79%).

The three major broadcast news networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – have more of a mix of Democrats and Republicans among those who name these outlets as their main sources for political news. For example, the makeup of those who name NBC News as their main source is 57% Democratic versus 38% Republican.