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Toplines - Media Bias - October 10, 2008

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted October 10, 2008
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?

23% Offer unbiased coverage
68% Try to help the candidate they want to win
10% Not sure

2* Think for a moment about the three major presidential candidates this year. Which candidate received the best treatment from the media so far—Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or John McCain?

61% Barack Obama
11% Hillary Clinton
14% John McCain
14% Not sure

3* Looking ahead to the campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain, will most reporters try to help Barack Obama, offer unbiased coverage, or try to help John McCain?

51% Try to help Barack Obama
28% Offer unbiased coverage
9% Try to help John McCain
13% Not sure

4* Suppose a reporter learned some news that might politically hurt a candidate they wanted to win. Would most reporters hide that information to help the candidate?

44% Yes
33% No
23% Not sure

5* When it comes to information about the Presidential campaign, who do you trust more—news reporters or family and friends?

35% News reporters
44% Family and friends
22% Not sure

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