Importance of News Media to Democracy in the U.S. (October 2017)

Importance of News Media to Democracy in the U.S. (October 2017)

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categoryTotal
Very important50%
Somewhat important22%
Not very important9%
Not at all important11%
Don't know/no opinion8%

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categoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
Very important72%40%36%
Somewhat important16%25%27%
Not very important4%10%13%
Not at all important2%18%17%
Don't know/no opinion7%7%8%

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categoryLean DemocratNot very strong DemocratStrong Democrat
Very important75%62%76%
Somewhat important15%21%13%
Not very important2%8%2%
Not at all important5%3%0%
Don't know/no opinion3%5%9%

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categoryLean RepublicanNot very strong RepublicanStrong Republican
Very important33%44%31%
Somewhat important31%26%25%
Not very important15%7%16%
Not at all important18%10%22%
Don't know/no opinion2%12%7%

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categoryLiberalsModeratesConservatives
Very important78%43%37%
Somewhat important13%27%25%
Not very important4%6%13%
Not at all important1%10%18%
Don't know/no opinion4%13%8%

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categoryLeaning liberalSomewhat liberalExtremely liberal
Very important72%80%82%
Somewhat important17%12%9%
Not very important7%2%5%
Not at all important1%0%1%
Don't know/no opinion2%6%3%

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categoryLeaning conservativeSomewhat conservativeExtremely conservative
Very important38%37%36%
Somewhat important27%28%21%
Not very important11%16%11%
Not at all important16%14%23%
Don't know/no opinion9%5%10%

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categoryDemocratRepublicanTea Party
Very important74%34%33%
Somewhat important16%29%23%
Not very important3%12%16%
Not at all important2%18%24%
Don't know/no opinion5%8%4%

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categoryWhiteBlackHispanic
Very important49%60%47%
Somewhat important21%20%26%
Not very important10%4%11%
Not at all important14%2%7%
Don't know/no opinion6%13%9%

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categoryMaleFemale
Very important50%50%
Somewhat important22%22%
Not very important11%7%
Not at all important12%10%
Don't know/no opinion5%10%

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categoryUrbanSuburbanRural
Very important57%49%44%
Somewhat important23%22%22%
Not very important7%10%9%
Not at all important7%12%14%
Don't know/no opinion7%7%11%

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category18-2930-4445-6465+
Very important51%49%49%53%
Somewhat important25%26%18%22%
Not very important6%10%9%9%
Not at all important8%6%14%13%
Don't know/no opinion11%9%9%2%

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categoryNo high schoolHigh school graduateSome college2-year4-yearPost-grad
Very important16%46%43%53%60%56%
Somewhat important14%21%25%18%22%27%
Not very important15%10%12%11%6%6%
Not at all important25%14%12%10%8%8%
Don't know/no opinion31%10%8%8%5%4%

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categoryExtremely importantSomewhat importantNot very importantNot at all important
Very important45%49%49%68%
Somewhat important23%26%21%12%
Not very important9%10%9%7%
Not at all important13%8%14%8%
Don't know/no opinion9%8%8%5%

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categoryThe Bible is the word of God, to be taken literallyThe Bible is the word of God, not to be taken literallyThe Bible is a book written by men
Very important42%47%68%
Somewhat important23%26%14%
Not very important11%10%6%
Not at all important14%10%8%
Don't know/no opinion10%7%3%

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