As cable news outlets prepare for round-the-clock coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions over the next couple of weeks, many viewers could already be tuning out.
Nearly 60 percent of Americans say they’re exhausted by coverage of the 2016 presidential election, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The Pew survey found the fatigue was greatest among 18- to 29-year-olds.
Still, 39 percent of Americans appear to be hardcore news junkies, telling pollsters they appreciate the media’s exhaustive approach to the presidential contest.
Many of those polled believe that too much attention has been paid to candidates’ comments on the campaign trail and their personal lives.
The only topic respondents said has received too little coverage is candidates’ stances on issues. This echoes an earlier Pew study that found 65 percent of registered voters thought the campaign wasn’t focused enough on policy debates.
The public’s professed desire for more policy coverage comes after the media feasted for more than a year on seemingly every incendiary remark uttered ― or tweeted ― by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.