And the media STILL doesn’t get it. In a new Rasmussen Poll 69% of the public felt that the Media was skewing their coverage to help the candidate that they want to win. 57% say that Barack Obama has received the most favorite treatment.
We have been hearing much from the media claiming that the perception of bias was ridiculous. The American people feel that their denial is ridiculous. If they are not biased, whey then they are just lousy communicators. Either the whole lot of them should be looking for work. Read the entire Poll below:
69% Say Reporters Try To Help The Candidate They Want To Win
Wednesday, September 10,
Seven out of 10 voters (69%) remain convinced that reporters try to help the candidate they want to win, and this year by a nearly five-to-one margin voters believe they are trying to help Barack Obama.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of voters think most reporters are trying to help Obama win versus 11% who believe they are trying to help his Republican opponent John McCain. Twenty-six percent (26%) say reporters offer unbiased coverage
Just last week a Rasmussen Reports survey found that 51% of voters believed reporters were trying to hurt McCain’s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, with their news coverage.
Interestingly, while 83% of Republican voters think most reporters are trying to help Obama, 19% of Democrats agree, one percentage point higher than the number of Democrats who believe they are trying to help McCain. Unaffiliated voters by a 53% to 10% margin see reporters trying to help Obama.
Forty-five percent (45%) of Democrats say most reporters are providing unbiased coverage in the current presidential campaign, but only 20% of unaffiliateds and nine percent (9%) of Republicans agree.
Voters from both parties, however, are skeptical of media bias in general. Eighty-six percent (86%) of Republicans think reporters try to help the candidate they want to win, and a plurality of Democrats (49%) believe that, too. Seventy-four percent (74%) of unaffiliated voters agree.
Only 21% of voters overall say reporters try to offer unbiased coverage.
Conducted September 8, 2008
By Rasmussen Reports
69% Try to help the candidate they want to win
10% Not sure
9% Hillary Clinton
21% John McCain
13% Not sure
26% Offer unbiased coverage
11% Try to help John McCain
13% Not sure
24% Not sure
46% Family and friends
22% Not sure.
Among all voters, 57% believe Obama has received the best treatment by the media, while 21% say McCain has been treated best. Only nine percent (9%) believe the media has been most favorable to Senator Hillary Clinton, who was Obama’s closest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Forty-two percent (42%) think reporters would hide information that hurts the candidate they want to win, but 34% do not agree. But there’s a partisan divide here: While 63% of likely McCain voters believe reporters would hide information harmful to the candidate they favor, 52% of potential Obama voters do not agree.
Perhaps this explains why 46% of voters say they most trust information about the presidential campaign from family and friends as opposed to 32% who trust the information from news reporters more.