How did people learn about health-care reform?
The new Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll tells you pretty much what you already knew about health-care reform's poll numbers: Opinions are mixed, with disapproval (44 percent) slightly outpolling approval (41 percent). But this poll goes a bit deeper to try and assess how people formulated those opinions. In particular, it takes a look at their most important sources of information on the bill. And the most important, by far, was cable news:
This is, to say the least, weird. For one thing, many, many fewer people watch cable news than watch network news or listen to the radio. Yet this poll shows that cable news outranked both those sources in the "how did you learn about the law" question and in the "how important was this source in teaching you about the law" question. I'd hypothesize that this is because cable news offered more partisan commentary on the bill and that that commentary proved easier to assimilate into people's opinions, but I'm really just guessing. Then there's this graph showing which cable channels people got their news from:
But if you look at the ratings, CNN is not a shade smaller than Fox and more than three times as large as MSNBC. It reaches far fewer people than Fox and, at least recently, a few less than MSNBC. Obviously this poll could be an outlier, but I wonder if there's something weirder and more interesting here dealing with the way people think -- and thus remember -- that they get information.
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