The survey of site users, produced through the Reynolds Journalism Institute, found nearly two-thirds liked community sites more than the mainstream ones. They viewed the sites as more engaging, quite trustworthy, and considerably original.
The survey's respondents averaged age 46 at the 19 sites, with more than 1,100 respondents participating in the poll. More than one-third were strong users of the community site. Indeed, more than one-third said those sites were their primary source of news.
Admittedly, surveying site users will yield a more positive result than surveying the general population, but the responses are still strongly supportive.