A Growing Share of Latinos Get Their News in English
II. Demographics and Language of News Media Consumption
Across demographic subgroups of Latino adults, the language of news media consumption varies.
About six-in-ten (59%) of native-born Latinos say they consume news media only in English, 39% say they consume news media in English and Spanish, and just 2% say they consume news media only in Spanish. By contrast, only 11% of immigrant Hispanics say they consume news media only in English, 59% say they do so in both languages and 31% say they get their news in Spanish only.
Immigrant generation is also linked to news media consumption language. For example, while 11% of foreign-born Hispanics get their news exclusively in English, that share rises to 47% among second-generation Hispanics and to 74% among Hispanics in the third generation or higher. Meanwhile, the share that consumes at least some news media in Spanish falls through the generations, from 90% among immigrant Hispanics to 53% among second-generation Hispanics and just 26% among those in the third or higher generation.
Language of news media consumption also varies with language dominance. According to the survey, three-in-four (75%) English-dominant Hispanics get their news only in English. By contrast, among those who are bilingual, 64% consume news media in English and Spanish. And among those who are Spanish dominant, 43% get their news only in Spanish and an additional 54% get news in both English and Spanish.
Age is also related to the language of news consumption. Four-in-ten (41%) Latinos ages 18 to 29 say they consume news media only in English. By contrast, among those ages 65 and older, 43% say they consume news media only in Spanish.
There are also marked differences in language of news media consumption by educational attainment and family income. About half (53%) of Hispanics with at least some college education get their news only in English, while only 9% of those without a high school diploma get their news in English exclusively. Similarly, six-in-ten Hispanics with family incomes above $50,000 get their news only in English, compared with 22% of those with incomes under $30,000.