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 ScottRasmussen.com 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.

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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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