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Questions - Media Coverage - September 21-22, 2013

23% Use Social Media To Follow Unfolding News Events
84% Think Most Major News Organizations More Concerned With Speed Than Accuracy
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults

Conducted September 21-22, 2013

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about a mass shooting in Washington, DC?


2* How do you rate the way the media have covered the incident in Washington, DC? Excellent, good fair or poor?


3* Generally speaking, how do you rate the way the media cover major tragedies such as mass shootings and terrorist attacks? Excellent, good fair or poor?


4* Do you use social media like Twitter and Facebook to follow major news events as they unfold?


5* Does social media keep more people informed of major news events?


6* Does social media help or hurt law enforcement’s efforts to respond to major emergencies? Or does it have no impact?


7* Which is more important when it comes to the media’s reporting of news events – getting it first or getting it right?


8* Are most major news organizations more concerned with getting a story first or getting it right?


9* Over the past year, has the news organization you follow most often reported all or part of a story inaccurately?


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence