(Credit: Los Angeles Times)
Highlights from the just-released USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times Poll on Politics and the Press:
* More than half of voters (58%) say they watch local television news broadcasts daily; older Americans are far more likely than younger voters to rely on television for their news.
* Thirty-nine percent of voters read their local newspaper in print or online each day.
* Thirty-five percent of voters watch the national nightly network news each day and 16 percent read a national newspaper like USA Today, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times daily, either in print or online.
* Voters are more likely to tune in to NPR on a daily basis (19%) than conservative talk shows like the Rush Limbaugh Show (12%).
* One in four voters get their news on a daily basis from Facebook, while 19% of voters get news on a daily basis directly from MSNBC; 21% from CNN; and 33% from Fox News.
* Forty percent of voters say the media are too liberal, 29% says it’s ideologically balanced and 13% think the news media skew conservative.
* Among Republicans, 70% say the media are too liberal; 20% of Democrats believe the media are too conservative.
* Forty-seven percent of Republicans and 50% of conservatives watch Fox News on a daily basis; just 30% of Democrats and 31% of liberals watch MSNBC daily.
* Local TV news comes out on top as the most trustworthy source of news. On a scale of 0 (no trust) to 10 (completely trust), voters give local TV news a mean score of 6.6. Local newspapers earned a mean score of 6.2, and national newspapers like USA Today, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times earned a 6.0 mean score.
* Voters still tuned in to traditional news media, especially local TV (latimes.com)