- Percentage of Americans following news on national politics is back to 2008 high
- Democrats are following national political news more closely than Republicans are
- Older Americans are most likely to follow news on national politics “very closely”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Less than two months from the presidential election, 42% of Americans say they follow news about national politics “very closely,” similar to the 39% to 43% who paid this close attention in each of the prior three presidential election years since 2008. Today’s level is a bit higher than in 2004, when 36% followed national political news very closely. Attention was far lower in 1996, at 27%.
Line graph. Rate of those following news about elections closely typically rises prior to…