Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters believe that most reporters today try to overcome their personal biases and report accurately on what they see. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 46% believe most reporters don’t even bother trying to overcome their personal biases.
A plurality of Democrats (49%) think most reporters try to be objective. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans disagree.
In recent years, a number of organizations have been created to fact check the media. However, practitioners of this journalistic style are no more trusted than other reporters. Only 30% believe these organizations stick to the facts in a neutral manner. Forty-seven percent (47%) believe they display a partisan bias.
People with a post-graduate degree tend to be more trusting of both reporters and fact-checkers.
Data released earlier showed voters are also skeptical of social media companies. Forty-seven percent (47%) believe social media companies actively supported Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Just 10% believe they actively supported Donald Trump.
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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.
The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.