Americans' media habits could influence the 2018 election

People are getting more of their news online, but not local news. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Americans across the country are steadily losing interest in their local politics, instead focusing on national politics, largely because of our changing media habits, writes Dan Hopkins for FiveThirtyEight.

Why it matters: People's daily lives are affected by political decisions at the local level far more than at the national level. "In November, voters will weigh in on 36 gubernatorial elections and more than 6,000 state legislative seats," Hopkins writes. "In doing so, they will shape public policy on a range of issues, from health care and gun control to marijuana and education."