Survey Says You’re Worn Out By The News

Pew Research Center confirms what we've all been feeling

Republicans more-so than Democrats, according to the Pew survey. - Credit by Getty Images
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These days, it seems like phones are constantly glowing from push alerts and notifications for breaking news stories. Feel fatigued by it? You’re not alone.

Almost seven in 10 Americans are exhausted by the news—and Republicans more-so than Democrats, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 4.

Of the 5,000-plus U.S. adults surveyed, more than 77 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say there are fatigued by the news, while 61 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents felt the same way.

News these days, especially political news, moves fast. In the first two days this week, we’ve seen former president Clinton react to a question about the #MeToo movement, a Supreme Court ruling for a Colorado baker and a scuff up between President Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles.

With a president whose views are often shared on an active Twitter account that often drives news, the push alerts never seem to stop.

Of those who follow the news closely, 62 percent say they’re feeling worn out by it, and even more (78 percent) of those who follow the news less frequently agree.

When it comes to informing the public, 58 percent of Americans say national news organizations do fairly well, 17 percent say they do very well and 24 percent says they don’t do well at all.

To keep sane, media experts have suggested skimming the news instead of giving it a deep dive, not reading or watching the news before bedtime and removing social media platforms from your phone.


@SaraJerde sara.jerde@adweek.com Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.