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12 July 2018

Survey: Newspaper Consumption Rising Among MPs

Consumption of national daily newspapers in print and digital among MPs has risen over the last two years, according to a ComRes survey looking at where MPs get their news.  

The 'Where MPs Get Their News' survey, published earlier this month, found that in 2018 consumption of nearly all daily national newspapers had risen in both and print and online on 2016.

Forty-six per cent of the 151 MPs surveyed for the poll said they read The Times online in 2018 compared to 31 per cent in 2016.  

Readership in print was also up with 36 per cent of MPs saying they read the paper in 2018 compared to 35 per cent two years ago.

The Evening Standard showed huge growth in print – up to 45 per cent in 2018 compared to 25 per cent in 2016, as well as a growth of five per cent online.  

The Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Sun, and i all showed growth in both print and online readership among MPs.      

Both the Daily Mirror and The Daily Telegraph grew their print audiences while their online audiences remained steady over the two years, the survey found.

The number of MPs reading Sunday newspapers online has increased for almost every newspaper since 2016, the survey found.

The Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts was named as the most popular print journalist by MPs followed by The Times’ Matthew Parris.