Biennial Media Consumption Survey 2002 [United States]

Study Summary

Produced By: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, June 9, 2002, Washington, DC: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Funding Agency/Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts

Author: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Abstract (CPANDA): Conducted by the Pew Center for the People & the Press, the 2002 Biennial Media Consumption Survey measured the public's use of, and attitudes toward, the Internet and traditional news outlets. Respondents were asked questions concerning their use of newspapers, television news, radio news, and news magazines, including specific programs and publications. Additional questions were asked about respondents' use of the Internet as a news source, in relation to other sources of news. Of particular interest to arts and cultural policy researchers is a question that assesses how closely respondents follow news about "culture and the arts," as well as a dozen other topics. Respondents were also asked a series of questions about the role of the news in their lives and their level of interest in different types of news.

Methodology : Non-response in telephone interview surveys produces some known biases in survey-derived estimates because participation tends to vary for different subgroups of the population, and these subgroups are likely to vary also on questions of substantive interest. In order to compensate for these known biases, the sample data are weighted in analysis. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.

Methodology (CPANDA) : Telephone interviews were conducted with a random national sample of 3,002 adults, ages 18 and over. Princeton Survey Research Associates collected the data during the period April 26 - May 12, 2002. While many survey questions were asked of the entire sample, some were asked of half-samples. Questionnaire Form A was administered to 1,551 respondents; Form B was administered to 1,451.

Citation Requirement: Users of CPANDA data collections are requested to acknowledge these sources by means of bibliographic citations in the footnotes, endnotes or reference apparatus of publications.

Deposit Requirement: Users of CPANDA data collections are requested to forward citations or copies of publications resulting from analysis of CPANDA data collections to the archive.

Access Conditions (CPANDA): For detailed information about conditions for use of CPANDA data collections, please see the End User Agreement posted on the CPANDA web site.

Cite the Study or Data Set [APA format]

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. 2002. BIENNIAL MEDIA CONSUMPTION SURVEY 2002 [computer file]. Washington, DC.: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press [producer]. Princeton, NJ: Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive [distributor].

Cite the Codebook [APA format]

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. 2003. BIENNIAL MEDIA CONSUMPTION SURVEY 2002 [codebook file]. CPANDA ed. Princeton, NJ: Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive [producer and distributor].