A narrow plurality of college students say they trust the news while an overwhelming majority of them aren't willing to pay money for it, according to a new poll of more than 3,000 students by College Reaction.

Expand chart
Data: College Reaction survey of 3,268 U.S. college students conducted July 17–Aug. 21. ; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: Lack of trust in media by the next generation of news consumers and their overwhelming opposition to paying for news could have big consequences for news operations that are looking to subscriptions for funding.

  • 81% of students get their news on their phone, compared to only 1% who get print, and 5% on the TV.
  • 24% of students get their news from CNN — the most popular news source from the poll. CNN was followed by 23% of students who chose the New York Times; 18% who said "other;" 15% chose Fox News; 8% said the Wall Street Journal; 5% chose NPR; 6% total went with MSNBC and The Skimm.

The big picture: The majority of students (58%) say they get their news from social media, of which the biggest platforms have long been under fire for various security and censorship issues. And students' news consumption habits could begin having a ripple effect as more start voting; a Pew Research survey found in April that Millennials were the largest voting cohort, and the generation behind them was starting to "make their presence known."

Methodology: An online survey of 3,268 college students was conducted using College Reaction’s national polling infrastructure from July 17th to August 21st. College Reaction implements a custom randomization approach to offer all members of a college's population an equal opportunity to be surveyed. Samples are aimed to represent the US college student population. Full details.

Go deeper

5 hours ago - Health

15 states broke single-day coronavirus records this week

Data: Compiled from state health departments by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

At least 15 states broke their single-day novel coronavirus infection records this week, according to state health department data reviewed by Axios.

The big picture: The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia, Axios' Andrew Withershoop and Caitlin Owens report.

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 11,143,945 — Total deaths: 527,681 — Total recoveries — 6,004,593Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 2,818,588 — Total deaths: 129,584 — Total recoveries: 883,561 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Trump extends PPP application deadlineKimberly Guilfoyle tests positive.
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
  7. Sports: 31 MLB players test positive as workouts resume.
  8. 1 📽 thing: Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.
5 hours ago - Health

In photos: America celebrates July 4 during global pandemic

Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

The U.S. has already celebrated Easter, graduations and so much more during the coronavirus pandemic, and now it can add July 4 to the list.

The state of play: Axios' Stef Kight writes public parades and fireworks displays around much of the country are being canceled to prevent mass gatherings where the virus could spread. Hot-dog contests and concerts will play to empty stands and virtual audiences — all while American pride treads an all-time low.