Toplines - Media Bias - January 12-13, 2010
National Survey of 1,000 Likely
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
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?
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?
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?
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?
41% Raising a lot of campaign contributions
27% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence