Mainstream and Conservative Media Both Seen As Unreliable By Plurality of Voters

Just 28% of voters consider Conservative Media outlets to be accurate and reliable. Forty-four percent (44%) consider them inaccurate and unreliable.

A national survey found that ratings for Mainstream Media outlets are pretty much the same: 32% accurate and reliable, 46% inaccurate and unreliable.

Data released earlier showed that 66% of voters believe national political journalists often get important aspects of the story wrong.

Not surprisingly, there is a wide partisan gap in these perceptions. By a 53% to 17% margin, Democrats consider Conservative Media outlets inaccurate. By a 61% to 22% margin, Republicans say the same about Mainstream Media sources. Forty-six percent (46%) of Independent voters consider both sources unreliable (see crosstab results).

Other data shows that 47% of voters believe Fox News is biased to help conservatives while 17% believe it is biased to help liberals.

Eight other news outlets were perceived to have a liberal bias–The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, CBS News, and the Wall Street Journal. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email. 

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 28-March 1, 2019 by 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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