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For this generation, gay marriage and abortion are not crucial political issues facing the country.

Some of the survey’s findings paint an unflattering picture of the millennials’ cultural and political literacy. Almost 20 percent do not follow the news online and 31 percent don’t watch television news.

When respondents do read online news, their top source is Yahoo! News. Only 17 percent said they follow traditional broadcast news.

“There are significant correlations between most trusted media sources for giving accurate information about current events and politics,” Mr. Jones said. “Those who say they trust Fox News most are significantly less likely than those who most trust other TV news sources to say the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. Similarly, those who say they most trust Fox News are significantly more likely than those who trust other sources to say the government should do more to protect morality.”