Methodology

The American Trends Panel survey methodology Overview The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. Interviews are conducted in […]

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Acknowledgments

The American News Pathways project was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This initiative is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at https://www.pewresearch.org/topics/election-news-pathways/. Research Team Amy Mitchell, Director, Journalism […]

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Appendix

Measuring vote preference in 2020 presidential election Vote preference among registered voters in this report comes from a survey conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 5, 2020, among 10,543 registered voters. Of these registered voters, 8,501 also took the survey conducted Oct. 6-12 that is analyzed in this report. The initial survey asked U.S. citizens: “If the 2020 […]

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3. As COVID-19 hits Trump and White House, slight shift in opinion on whether the outbreak has been exaggerated

With the coronavirus outbreak having spread to the White House, Americans are now almost equally divided on the question of whether the outbreak has been exaggerated or underplayed. And after trending downward for several months, the percentage of Americans very closely following news about the coronavirus outbreak has remained steady. Among all U.S. adults, 37% […]

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2. Interest in election news increases, with most Americans feeling worn out by the volume of coverage

Interest in the 2020 election has increased over the last month. Three-quarters of U.S. adults now say they are following news about candidates for the presidential election “very” or “fairly” closely, including 39% who are doing so very closely. That is up about 10 percentage points from early September, when 66% said the same. Attention […]

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