Media Use & Interest in Politics - Morocco
SWMENA survey respondents were asked about the frequency of using different media sources to obtain news and information about developments in Morocco.
- Local TV is by far the most frequently used information source by women in Morocco: nearly eight in 10 women report watching local TV channels on a daily basis and four in 10 report watching satellite TV daily. Many Moroccan women resort to word of mouth (discussions with family, friends, neighbors) to learn about local developments: a quarter of women say they engage in such discussions daily and 23% do so on a weekly basis. Radio is used daily by 14% of women. Intenet use and newspaper and magazine readership are limited with only 6% of Moroccan women using the internet on a daily basis and 2% reading newspapers and magazines daily (Figure 20).
- When comparing daily use of different information sources between men and women (Figure 21), we notice that women tend to watch local TV much more frequently than men: 79% of women watch it on a daily basis versus 47% of men. This is mostly likely due to the fact that the absolute majority of Moroccan women do not work outside of the house (90%) and are thus home-bound for most of their daily activities and tend to stay tuned to their TV sets more than men. For all other media sources, men use them more frequently than women.
- In terms of interest in matters of politics and government, women and men in Morocco are similar whereby similar proportions report being not at all interested (26%) or not too interested (23%) in these issues. The proportions of women and men who report being very or somewhat interested are also statistically equivalent. Overall, this shows that few men and women are very interested in matters of politics and government: only 11%.
- When looking at women’s interest in politics and government by education groups, we find that women with no education are less likely to be interested in these issues than women with a primary education or higher. Almost six in 10 women with a primary education or higher say they are very or somewhat interested in politics and government compared with only 39% of women with no educaiton.
- In terms of age groups, women who are 55 or older are the least likely to be interested in matters of politics and government when compared to younger women. Women who are under 34 are the most likely to be interested in these issues.