61% Believe Political Reporters Generally Report Their Team’s Talking Points Rather Than Facts

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters believe that political reporters focus more on presenting the talking points favored by their political party rather than presenting the facts of a situation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 25% believe political reporters focus primarily on the facts and 15% are not sure.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans believe reporters focus mostly on delivering their party’s talking points. Independents agree by a 63% to 17% margin.

However, Democrats are evenly divided: 42% say political reporters generally present the facts while 43% believe they focus more on talking points.

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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 survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. 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.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.


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