Russians have more confidence in media, particularly Internet

Confidence in the Internet grows unprecedentedly, while television remains the key source of information for Russians, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center told Interfax.

Ninety-eight percent of Russians receive information from central television channels, and 88% from regional. Printed editions rank second (70% of Russians read central editions and 68% read local); the Internet ranks third (59% of the total audience), while the radio ranks fourth (53% of Russians listening to central radio channels and 46% to regional).

The least of Russians (26%) receive information from the foreign media, said the center, which held the poll in 138 towns and cities in 46 regions of Russia.

Russians trust most central and regional television (78%). Central and local press comes next (70% and 68% correspondingly). The radio (72% and 68%) ranks third, and the Internet comes fourth (64%).

Confidence of Russians in online reports has grown impressively since 2008 (49%).

Although foreign media remains low in the ranking of popular media sources, confidence in it has grown from 32% to 43% in recent years.

Confidence of Russians in central and regional television has also grown (from 71% and 69% in 2008 to 78% in 2012), while confidence in central and regional press (grew from 62% in 2008 to 70% and 68% this year).

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