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PEW Research Center: Science News and Information Today

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How many Americans read science news stories? Do Americans trust major news outlets to report on science? How has social media impacted the way that Americans consume science news? A recent PEW research study, published on September 20th, 2017, examined American engagement with science news stories through a survey of 4,024 adults. The survey revealed that just 17% of those surveyed actively seek out science-related news stories. That said, an additional 32% reported that they either read science news at least once a week or actively sought out science news stories about topics of interest. Americans are most likely to read science news from general news sources, with 54% of participants saying they get science news from such sources. In comparison, 45% say they use science documentary or video programs and 12% report listening to science podcasts and radio programs. To learn more, visitors can download the full 91 page report via the link above.
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Date Issued 2017-09-20
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Scout Publication
Date of Scout Publication 2017-10-06
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2017/1006

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