Americans are Much Less Interested in News Without Trump
Since Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States, Americans watch much less political news. This is evident from recent figures collected by the American news site Axios.
Many large sites were visited by 20 percent less in February.
Almost all major news sites saw their traffic drop in February, compared to a tumultuous January that included the storming of the Capitol and President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony.
According to data from internet traffic analysis company SimilarWeb, traffic was down all along the line. Many major news sites saw their traffic drop by more than 20 percent. The category most affected was political news, which was down 28 percent.
Interest and attention for the new president Joe Biden are much less than for Donald Trump during the same period. Three times as many stories were written about Trump in February of 2017 than about Biden last month, according to data from NewsWhip.
According to the Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer, Biden was discussed on cable news for an estimated 1,836 minutes last month. In February of Trump’s first year, he spent an estimated 4,669 minutes on cable news.