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Americans Expect Media Bias in 2016 Election Coverage

By John Waage

By a large majority, Americans believe media coverage of the 2016 presidential race will be biased. Sixty-one percent of likely voters don’t trust the news they are getting on the campaign, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters now do not trust the political news they are getting. That’s a 16-point jump from 45% last October. Twenty-one percent (21%) still have confidence in the political coverage they get, but that’s down from 33% in the earlier survey. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

When it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign, only 23% believe most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage. Fifty-nine percent (59%) think that coverage will be slanted instead, with 36% who say most reporters will try to help Hillary Clinton during the campaign and 23% who say they will try to hurt her bid for the White House instead. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

The survey was taken shortly after ABC News host George Stephanopolous admitted he didn’t report large campaign donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Voter trust in media coverage has dropped 15 points from last October. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed said reporters will try to help Hillary Clinton win the White House, while 23 percent said they would try to hurt her.

Only 14 percent believe 2016 coverage will be unbiased, and 46 percent say ABC should ban Stephanopolous from covering the race.

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to believe that reporters will try to remain unbiased.

The Rasmussen survey was conducted May 17-18 and has a sampling error of 3 percent, plus or minus.

Report via CBN News



 

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