Interesting data

NRA-ILA has taken to asking poll questions lately in each edition of the Grassroot Alerts, which I think is kind of cool.  In the most recent edition, the third question was where do you (or I) primarily get our political information; which you had three choices for.  Choice one was TV/Radio, choice 2 was print newspapers, and choice 3 was Internet.  I chose internet, because that’s my primary source of information for just about everything these days, including political info.  So I was somewhat surprised when I saw the resulting graphic of the choices:

Honestly, I was surprised to see the internet number at only 40%, I guess I assumed that it would be around 60% or so got their primary political info from the web.  I think that it in part speaks to generational differences, since I’m part of the generation that has literally grown up online, it would stand to reason that I’d go to the internet before TV or print newspapers.  I mean, I read the Wall St. Journal every day, and it’s been years since I held a paper copy of it in my hand.


  1. It’s unfortunate that they lumped TV and Radio together. I’d imagine there are a lot of people like me who consider the radio to be our primary news source, although closely followed by the Internet. People for whom the TV is about as useful as the newspaper: it’s a nice way to get the sports scores when we can’t get online.

  2. I’m brought to wonder how these sources break down along age and political lines.

  3. Your sample is still way too small. The email that you get advance copy of goes out over the course of the next 24 hours to the rest of the list. Eventually, several thousand read it. Considering it’s only prepared on Friday, and you get an advance copy, I wouldn’t take any number you initially see to heart.

  4. Probably 80% of my news is from the internet, but anything I get from newspapers/TV I usually end up checking out on the internet. I don’t trust much news from any unless I can corroborate it from two or three sources; call me cynical.

  5. It’s 50/8/42 now.

    And who are the 1% idiots that think Hils “supports gun owner rights”? And how do they remember which end of the spoon goes in their mouths?

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