Political news junkies is an expanding demographic, at least according to Gallup.
“Americans’ consumption of political news has expanded over the past decade. The trend may reflect a greater politicization of the American public, regardless of political ideology, as attention is up among all three par ty groups,” says Gallup analyst Lydia Saad.
Thirty-six percent of Americans overall follow political news “very closely,” while 42 percent follow “somewhat” closely, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s a lot of “closely.”
But some are more enamored than others. Thirty percent of Democrats say they follow “very closely,” compared with 41 percent of Republicans. The most intent of all is the postgraduate crowd: 52 percent follow very closely, followed by men older than 50 (49 percent), seniors older than 65 (46 percent) and people making more than $75,000 a year (45 percent).
The least interested? The under-30 set, with just 19 percent.
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