The Listeners of National Public Radio

Friday, December 29, 2006


How much truth is there to the sterotype of NPR listeners as white, over-educated, latte-drinking, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, West Wing watchers? A lot, according to NPR's latest audience research survey.

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Mary from Eastern Wshington (state)

Yes, I'm white, a 60 year old woman, have traveled all over the world, and am very curious. Yes, I have a PhD (is that over-educated?), because I am curious about everything and love learning. Yes, I am left of center (is that liberal?) according to political pundits, but that is because I believe in equality, fairness, and justice. But I don't drink lattes, soymilk, read the New York Times, live on the coast, drive a Volvo (I drive a Chevy 1/2 ton pick up truck and a 1999 Buick with 115,00 miles on it), never watched the West Wing because I don't watch TV much- too busy living my life.
I listen to NPR because I am a thinking person who wants objective news broadcasted by articulate people who actually make sense. NPR has many educational programs and it discusses controversial issues important to the global society.
I have several firearms for hunting and was brought up in a hunting family who used the meat to feed a family of 8 and respected the privilege of having wild animals (and fish) to eat. My father taught his children gun safety and the responsibility of owning a gun. We spent our summer weekends going to Trap Shoots and shooting archery.
So in summary, yes, the stereotype is just that. Most of the people I know who listen to NPR are more like me than this stereotype. They are all thinking people.

Oct. 10 2015 11:52 AM

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