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CBS News poll: Just a quarter of Americans own a working turntable

Though Americans have largely embraced the digital age when it comes to listening to music, a quarter of Americans still listen to vinyl records – or at least retain the ability to do so if they wish. Twenty-four percent of Americans have a working turntable that can play vinyl records.


Older Americans are more likely to own a working turntable than those who are younger. Four in 10 Americans over 55 years of age own a turntable, but under the age of 45, this drops to just 13% of adults.


This poll was conducted by telephone September 14-19, 2021 among a random sample of 1,006 adults nationwide.  Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Glen Mills, PA.  Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. For the cell sample, interviews were conducted with the person who answered the phone.

 Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers.  The data have been weighted to reflect U.S. Census figures on demographic variables. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. The margin of error includes the effects of standard weighting procedures which enlarge sampling error slightly. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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