Survey says: different sources for different politics.

survey-chartAccording to new research from Pew, liberals and conservatives share little in the way of news sources to which they turn and trust. Whether discussing politics online or with friends, political extremists are more likely to interact with like-minded individuals. As part of a year-long effort to shed light on political polarization in America, the study looks at ways that different people get information about government and politics in three settings: news media, the social media, and the way people talk about politics with friends and family. In all cases, the Pew study finds that those who hold the most consistent ideological views on the left and the right get their information from distinctly different sources than those who have a more mixed political view. Those who hold extreme political points of view—which group composes about 20% of the public overall—tend to ignore outlets that do not conform with their point of view and live in an “ideological bubble.” The rest of the general public, Pew finds, rely on an array of outlets with varying profiles for political news.

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