JUST PLAIN TIRED
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.