New poll measures public perceptions of Canadian newspaper industry

How do Canadians feel about the evolving media landscape in Canada? Angus Reid Institute has released a new opinion poll on public perceptions of the newspaper industry in Canada. Approximately half of all Canadians (52%) identified shrinking newsrooms and newspaper closures as a serious problem.

This belief is strongest among the older generation (ages 55 and older), almost two-thirds (64%) of whom view the industry’s struggles as significant. Asked to weigh in on four potential consequences of the decline of newspapers, respondents identified “less coverage of small town news” and “less investigative reporting” as their most serious concerns.