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A new sur­vey finds that 68 per­cent of Amer­i­cans feel worn-out by the vol­ume of news they are ex­posed to on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A siz­able por­tion of Amer­i­cans are feel­ing over­whelmed by the amount of news there is, though the sen­ti­ment is more com­mon on the right side of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum,” write Jef­frey Got­tfried and Michael Barthel, an­a­lysts for the Pew Re­search Cen­ter, which con­ducted the sur­vey.

“While ma­jori­ties of both Repub­li­cans and Democrats ex­press news fa­tigue, Repub­li­cans are feel­ing it more,” the an­a­lysts said. “Roughly three-quar­ters (77 per­cent) of Repub­li­cans and Re­pub­li­can-lean­ing in­de­pen­dents feel worn-out over how much news there is, com­pared with about six-in-10 Democrats and Demo­cratic-lean­ing in­de­pen­dents (61 per­cent).”

News fa­tigue also fol­lows cer­tain pat­terns, they found.

“Some de­mo­graphic groups — most no­tably white Amer­i­cans — are more likely than oth­ers to feel ex­hausted by the news,” the an­a­lysts wrote. “Nearly three-quar­ters (73 per­cent) of white Amer­i­cans ex­press fa­tigue with the amount of news, much higher than among both His­panic (55 per­cent) and black Amer­i­cans (55 per­cent). Women are also some­what more likely than men to feel worn-out (71 per­cent vs. 64 per­cent, re­spec­tively).”

There’s also a tol­er­ance fac­tor at work. The less you fol­low the news, the more fa­tigued you be­come, the poll re­vealed.

“While a ma­jor­ity of those who fol­low the news most of the time (62 per­cent) are feel­ing worn-out by the news, a sub­stan­tially higher por­tion (78 per­cent) of those who less fre­quently get news say they are fa­tigued by the amount of it that they see,” the an­a­lysts said. na­tion’s at­ten­tion from the real threats.

“We must de­sist from our cur­rent Rus­so­pho­bic in­san­ity and en­cour­age Pres­i­dents Trump and [Russian Pres­i­dent Vladimir] Putin to re­store co­op­er­a­tion in is­sues of nuclear safety, non-pro­lif­er­a­tion, con­trol of nuclear ma­te­ri­als and nuclear-arms re­duc­tion. This is in the vi­tal in­ter­est of both the United States and Rus­sia. That is the cen­tral is­sue on which sane gov­ern­ments, and sane publics, would fo­cus their at­ten­tion,” he writes.


Some an­a­lysts are now say­ing that anti-Trump sen­ti­ment is not enough for carry Demo­cratic Party to­ward wins in the 2018 midterms, or in the 2020 gen­eral elec­tion.

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