Washington – Of the
estimated six in ten Americans who read news online, only 19% said they would
be willing to pay for news online, while 82% said they would look elsewhere if
news sites they used asked for payment, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research
Center’s Project for Excellence
Just 35% of those polled said they have a "favorite"
news site, and 7% of these news consumers indicated they would pay for news
Currently, only a handful of mainstream news websites, including those
of The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, require users to pay
subscription fees to access all content.