July 23, 2013

A Growing Share of Latinos Get Their News in English

III. Who Keeps Up with the News?

PHC-hispanic-media-3-01When asked how often they keep up with the news, 45% of Latino adults say they do so “a lot,” 36% say they keep up with the news “some” and 15% say they don’t keep up with the news much. Just 4% of Latino adults say they do not keep up with the news “at all.”

Keeping up with the news varies among Latino demographic subgroups. Six-in-ten (62%) Latinos in families that earn more than $50,000 a year, 58% of those some college education and 56% of Latinos ages 50 to 64 say they keep up with the news a lot.

By contrast, only 32% of Latino immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than 10 years, 34% of Latinos who do not have a high school diploma and 35% of Latinos who get news only in Spanish keep up with the news a lot.

Keeping up with the news also rises through the generations. About four-in-ten (42%) immigrant Latinos say they keep up with the news a lot. Among second-generation Latinos, that share is 47%. Among third-generation Latinos, 54% say the same.

There are also differences among Latinos based on the language of their news media consumption. Among Latinos who consume news media only in English, 53% say they follow the news a lot. Among Latinos who get their news in both English and Spanish, 46% say the same. By contrast, of those who get their news only in Spanish, just one-third (35%) say they do this.