Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide believe the national news media are likely to carefully report the facts of an incident. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 59% disagree and believe the national media will simply use an incident to promote their own ideological agenda.
The subject of media bias is a recurring theme in American politics and has arisen recently in coverage of an incident involving Covington High School students. Typically, Democrats and liberals believe the media is trustworthy and unbiased while Republicans and conservatives disagree.
This survey confirms that general trend. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats believe the national media carefully report the facts of an incident. However, 75% of Republicans and 63% of Independent voters think the media use incidents to promote their own ideological agenda.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of liberal voters believe the media carefully report the facts while 77% of conservatives believe reporters pursue an agenda (see question wording and crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 27-28, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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