66% Believe National Political Reporters Often Get The Story Wrong

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters believe national national political reporters often get important aspects of the story wrong. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that total includes 84% of Republicans, 65% of Independents, and 50% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

Among those who believe this happens often, 49% say that the primary reason is a rush to report stories without proper fact checking. Twenty-four percent (24%) believe it’s bias against President Trump, 12% bias against conservatives, and 6% say bias against liberals.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats and Independents believe the problem is primarily a lack of fact checking. However, 53% of Republicans believe the errors are based on bias against the president or conservatives. ANother 35% of GOP voters blame lack of fact checking.

These results echo coverage of the Covington High School students earlier this year. Seventy-five percent (75%) of conservatives believed the national news media behaved inappropriately while just 31% of liberals agree.

Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the Covington coverage is how quickly public opinion became entrenched. ScottRasmussen.com asked about the incident immediately after the story broke. Then, six days later, we asked the same questions  again. Despite significant volumes of media coverage, there was little change in public opinion.

These results highlight a reality described in my latest book that only 40% of what we see comes in through our eyes. Sixty percent (60%), the majority, comes from what we expect to see. This, the second ScottRasmussen.com survey asking the same questions, was conducted six days after the initial survey.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 28-March 1, 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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