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Pew: Millennials get political news from Facebook, social media

From USA Today:

For the younger generation known as “millennials,” social media — particularly Facebook — has replaced local television as the biggest source of news about politics and government, a new poll says.

A little more than six in ten millennials — 61% — “report getting political news on Facebook in a given week, a much larger percentage than turn to any other news source,” reports the Pew Research Center.

The news habits of the”Millennial Generation” — those born between 1981 and 1996 — differ quite a bit than those of “Generation X” (born between 1965 and 1980) and the highly-populated “Baby Boomers,” who entered the world from 1946 to 1964.

For Internet-using Baby Boomers, 60% said local television tops their list for political news, Pew said — very nearly the same percentage as Facebook-using millennials. How many Baby Boomers rely on Facebook for politics? Only 39%.

Read the rest at USA Today.

Posted on June 8, 2015 in