The survey found that older respondents are more interested in political and government news and international news, while younger respondents were more likely to favor entertainment news. Among those 55 to 64 years old, 99 percent rated national news as essential, 94 percent international news and 98 percent politics and government. Of respondents 25 to 34, 93 percent said national news was essential, 83 percent said international news and 84 percent politics and government. One big difference was in editorials and opinions, with 64 percent of respondents 55 to 64 rating it as essential, compared to 43 percent of those 25 to 34.
Entertainment news was rated as important among 42 percent of 25 to 34 year-old respondents, compared to 29 percent of 65 and older, while 53 percent of those 25 to 34 rated arts/culture as important, compared to 35 percent of 65 and older and 76 percent of those 25 to 34 said science was important, compared to 59 percent of respondents 55 to 64.