While the progressives are concerned about the recent Supreme Court decision that allows corporate entities to get more involved in political campaigns, voters are more concerned about media bias. According to Rasmussen 55% of U.S. voters think that media bias is a bigger problem in politics today than big campaign contributions,32% say big contributions are the bigger problem, but that’s down four points from the previous survey.
Voters are getting more financially involved, 38% of voters say they are more likely to contribute time or money to a political campaign this year compared to previous election years.
Sixty-eight percent 68% of Republicans and 62% of unaffiliated voters say media bias is the bigger problem in politics, a view shared by just 37% of Democrats. The plurality (46%) of Democrats says campaign contributions are a bigger problem.
I guarantee you that the Democrats do not realize that unions are considered part of the “big contributors.”
Just before the November 2008 presidential election, 68% of voters said most reporters try to help the candidate they want to win, and 51% believed they were trying to help Democrat Barack Obama. Just seven percent (7%) thought they were trying to help his Republican opponent, John McCain.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters say the average reporter is more liberal than they are. Eighteen percent (18%) say that reporter is more conservative, and 20% think their views are about the same ideologically as the average reporter’s.
As far as voters are concerned, liberal is the most unpopular of five common political labels.
Sixty-two percent (62%) believe that what the media thinks is more important to the average member of Congress than what voters think. Sixty-seven percent (67%) say the news media have too much power and influence over government decisions.
Part of the reason for the recognition of the media bias is that voters are increasingly identifying with the Republican party. In the latest generic congressional ballot the preference for GOP increased to 47% and the Republicans now hold a 9% lead over the Democratic party.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, up from 46% last week, while 38% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent, down a point from the previous survey.
Last week, just after Congress’ passage of the national health care plan, voter support for Democrats reached its highest level measured since early December 2009, while GOP support matched the highest level measured since weekly tracking began in early April 2007.
Forty-six percent (46%) of voters not affiliated with either major party now prefer the Republican candidate, while 24% like the Democrat. These findings show little change from the previous survey. Last week, support among unaffiliateds for Democrats jumped six points, while support for Republicans held steady.
Two weeks after passage of the health care plan, 54% of the nation’s voters still favor repealing it, unchanged since Obama signed the bill into law.