NEW PUN­DI­TOC­RACY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

Snorts, snuf­fles, lauda­tory outcr y to jharper@ wash­ing­ton­times.com or 202/636-3085.

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