The new Axios|SurveyMonkey poll: anger at the news

(STL.News) – A full 67% of people in a new Axios|SurveyMonkey poll describe themselves as very or somewhat angry about the way things are going in the country today.  A majority of people (62%) say they find themselves feeling angry about current events and the news more often than they did five years ago, and a similar number (58%) say the people around them—their friends, family, and co-workers—seem more angry about the news, too.

More than half (59%) say things in this country are now headed in the wrong direction.  Republicans are alone in thinking that things are headed in the right direction.  Every demographic subgroup by age, race, gender, and education tilts towards thinking things are going in the wrong direction.

Television and the internet are tied as main news source

Equal numbers of people (38% each) cite television and the internet as their main source of political news and information, with just eight percent pointing to social media and even fewer saying radio (six percent), newspapers (five percent), or talking with others (four percent).

Though few people list social media as their main source of political coverage, plenty still get political news from social media on a regular basis—and particularly on Facebook.  Nearly four in 10 people (36%) say they follow political news coverage on Facebook on a daily or almost daily basis, nearly as many who say they watch FOX News daily or almost daily (38%), and more than the number who say they watch CNN daily or almost daily (32%).

The percentage of people who get daily political coverage on Facebook easily beats the percentages for the New York Times (19%), MSNBC (18%), the Washington Post (16%), NPR (16%), and the Wall Street Journal (12%).

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