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Percentage of journalists identifying as Republican falls from 26 percent in 1971 to 7 percent in 2013

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Photo - From "The American Journalist in the Digital Age," by professors Lars Willnat and David H. Weaver
From "The American Journalist in the Digital Age," by professors Lars Willnat and David H. Weaver
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A newly released study on American journalists in the digital age found that only 7.1 percent of journalists identified as Republicans in 2013, a sharp decline from 18 percent in 2002 and 25.7 percent in 1971.

The study, which was conducted by two professors of journalism at Indiana University, found that the percentage of journalists identifying as Democrats was 28.1 percent in 2013, down from 35.9 percent in 2002 and 35.5 percent in 1971. (Interestingly, a startling 44.1 percent of journalists had identified as Democrats in 1992).

Journalists identifying themselves as Independent totaled 50.2 percent in 2013, with another 14.6 percent declaring themselves "other."

"U.S. journalists today are much more likely to identify themselves as Independents rather than Democrats or Republicans — a pattern not observed before 2002," the authors wrote.

The percentage of journalists reporting being "very satisfied" with their work was 23.3 percent in 2013, a precipitous decline from 1971's 49 percent.

H/T: the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza.

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