National Political News Coverage Seen As Accurate As Wikipedia

American voters consider national political news to be about as accurate and reliable as Wikipedia.

A  national survey found that 38% of voters consider national political coverage to be accurate and reliable. Forty-three percent (43%) consider it inaccurate and unreliable. For Wikipedia, the numbers are 34% positive and 37% negative. Online newspapers are also in that range–36% positive and 39% negative.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats consider the national political coverage accurate and reliable. Just 26% of Republicans and 32% of Independents agree (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier shows that 66% believe national political reporters often get important aspects of the story wrong. That total includes 84% of Republicans, 65% of Independents, and 50% of Democrats.

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.

Other media coverage is seen as more reliable.

By a 55% to 28% margin, voters consider local television news to be accurate and reliable. Print newspapers are seen in that light by 48% while 32% disagree. National business coverage gets a positive assessment while 29% disagree.

Social media alerts fare much worse in this comparison. Just 17% consider them reliable and accurate. 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. 

We also provide daily updates on the president’s job approval and the generic congressional ballot. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).

Please follow our work on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted February 27-28, 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.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

Posted in Poll Results

Scott's Newsletter
Sign up for Scott's newsletter and get his political insight delivered right to your inbox!