Mass Media and 2016 Election

News Source and Presidential Preference.

The 2016 Election demonstrated a deeply divided electorate between those in rural and urban America. The trend does not stop there. The chart above, provided by Pew Research, showcases where the entire electorate, Trump voters, and Clinton voters, got their news. Closely examine the chart above and answer the questions that follow.


Questions for Completion:

1. What is one observation for each of the two major candidates for President in 2016?

2. Why do you think partisans gravitate towards one news network over another? What factors do you think go into the minds of viewers?

3.  Facebook was ranked as third most common news source for voters. Do you think this is a good thing for our democracy? Why or why not?


Graphic/Image: Pew Research Center.