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Toplines - Media Bias - January 12-13, 2010

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted January 12-13, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports

1* When covering a political campaign, do most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage or do they try to help the candidate they want to win?

20% Try to offer unbiased coverage
72% Try to help the candidate they want to win
8% Not sure

2* Is the average reporter more liberal than you are, more conservative, or about the same as you ideologically?

51% More liberal
18% More conservative
20% About the same as your ideologically
11% Not sure

3* Does the news media have too much power and influence over government decisions, too little power, or about the right amount of power?

67% Too much power
8% Too little power
19% About the right amount of power
6% Not sure

4* Whose judgment do you trust more when it comes to the important issues affecting the nation-- yourself or the average reporter?

85% Yourself
6% Average reporter
9% Not sure

5* What matters most in terms of winning elections, having friendly reporters or raising a lot of campaign contributions?

32% Friendly reporters
41% Raising a lot of campaign contributions
27% Not sure

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