NEW YORK (AP) — Black Americans, who have suffered disproportionately from the coronavirus, have shown a more intense interest in news about the pandemic compared to whites.
Those were the consistent findings in a Pew Research Center survey taken in late April when COVID-19 was dominating the news.
For example, 26% of blacks reported discussing the virus “almost all the time” with others, compared to 10% of whites who say that.
Forty-eight percent of blacks told Pew they were closely following news about the local availability of coronavirus tests, compared to 25 % of whites. Similarly, almost half of black people questioned (47%) said they were following stories about local hospitals closely, while a quarter of whites (24%) said the same thing.
Roughly half of blacks had an intense interest in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, with 34% of whites saying the same thing.
“The differences in these data are particularly striking,” said Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew.
According to current CDC death statistics, 23% of the Americans who have died from COVID-19 deaths were black, though blacks make up only about 13% of the U.S. population. About 53% of COVID-19 fatalities were white, though whites make up about 60% of the U.S. population
The margin of error in Pew’s American News Pathways Project is plus or minus 1.5%.