Forty percent (40%) of voters see the campaign coverage of their local newspapers as unbiased. However, only 20% to 29% view national papers as unbiased.
Among five different papers, the
New York Times is seen as the most biased--35% believe its coverage is biased to help Kerry while only 22% believe it is unbiased. This may be a lingering response to the Jayson Blair scandals from last year. At that time, only 46% of Americans viewed the
New York Times as a reliable source of information.
Many pundits (and 26% of voters) think that Election 2004 will be just like Election 2000—too close to call. Others wonder if it’s more like Clinton’s 1996 re-election effort or the 1988 campaign (the first President Bush vs. a different Massachusetts liberal Democrat).
Most Americans (63%) believe their own taxes will remain pretty much the same if George W. Bush is re-elected this November. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 24% believe their taxes will go up with a Bush victory while 13% expect their taxes would decline.
Democrat Stephanie Herseth holds a very narrow lead in her bid for a full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey found Herseth leading challenger Larry Diedrich 50% to 47%.
President Bush gained more than five percentage points over John Kerry during the past three weeks. About half the gains were made before the Republican National Convention and half during Convention week.
Democratic Senator Zell Miller gave a Keynote Address at the Republican National Convention that many reporters instantly branded as bad news for the Republican Party and George W. Bush. However, a Rasmussen Reports survey finds that voter perceptions of Miller are sharply divided along partisan lines.
Fifty-two percent (52%) of Americans now believe that President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney will be re-elected this November. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 38% expect the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards to emerge victorious.