Toplines - Media Bias - September 8, 2008
Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted September 8, 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?
Offer unbiased coverage
69% 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?
9% Hillary Clinton
21% John McCain
13% 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?
Try to help Barack Obama
26% Offer unbiased coverage
11% 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?
24% Not sure
5* When it comes to information about the Presidential campaign, who do you trust more—news reporters or family and friends?
46% Family and friends
22% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence