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US: News Interest (Pew 10/23-26)


Pew Research Center
10/23-26/09; 1,001 adults, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Pew release)

National

Most Closely Followed Story
32% Reports about swine flu and the vaccine
27% Debate over health care reform
15% Reports about the condition of the U.S. economy
9% The U.S. military effort in Afghanistan
4% the federal government's plans to cut the pay of top executives at financial companies that received bailout money
1% News about political instability in Pakistan

Do you think the press has been too critical, not critical enough or fair in the way it has covered Barack
Obama?

26% Too critical, 31% Not critical enough, 37% Fair

Now I'd like to ask you about where you get most of your news these days. For each item that I read, please
tell me if it is something you do regularly, or not.

Watch local TV news: 74% Yes, regularly, 26% No, not
Watch the Fox News cable channel: 40% Yes, 59% No
Watch MSNBC cable news: 22% Yes, 77% No
Watch CNN cable news: 36% Yes, 63% No
Watch the national nightly network news on CBS, ABC and NBC: 48% Yes, 51% No
Read the newspaper" 53% Yes, 46% No
Listen to radio news: 49% Yes, 50% No
Get news from the internet: 53% Yes, 47% No

As I read a list of news networks, please tell me if you think each is mostly liberal, mostly conservative, or
neither in particular.

NBC News: 36% Liberal, 11% Conservative, 36% Neither
ABC News: 32% Liberal, 14% Conservative, 36% Neither
CBS News: 31% Liberal, 14% Conservative, 37% Neither
CNN cable news: 37% Liberal, 11% Conservative, 33% Neither
Fox News cable channel: 14% Liberal, 47% Conservative, 24% Neither
MSNBC cable news: 36% Liberal, 11% Conservative, 27% Neither

All in all, do you think hosts of cable news shows having strong opinions about politics is a good thing or a
bad thing?

42% Good thing, 42% Bad thing

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

That is a very interesting poll. I was surprised that only 47 percent of people watching Fox news consider themselves conservative. In general though this poll shows that besides from Fox, conservatives don't follow the TV News. That is about what I figured. More conservatives tend to be entrenched in tradition and trends in family history. For those who go to college they are more likely to turn against family political voting trends than those who don't go. I am familiar with the culture of small town white America and the conservatives I have known don't watch a lot of news period, not even FOX.

What this poll does show is the more people watch the news, the more likely they will trend in the liberal direction.

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Farleftandproud:

What is also telling about this poll is that besided from Fox News, the rest of the news media focuses on issues like crime, trials, political issues at the state and local level. Most reporters tend to like to focus on ways in which society has been unjust, such as children getting shot by stray bullets, families paying a fortune in health care costs and the declining quality of life in America. This influences people to be more concerned about these issues. Conservatives I find are more influenced by their own personal world; they are concerned with religious doctrines, and other fiscal conservatives are thinking more about how politics will affect them and their interests rather than the world at large. They are more likely to tune tv news out.

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Stillow:

What a bunch of BS you just spewed out.

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Farleftandproud:

I think with the exception of Fox News and MSNBC the mainstream tv media tries hard to be objective but based on the way the media tends to show empathy towards the people who have been affected by the social ills in our society, they can't help coming across as agents of social change. For the war in Afghanistan I am finding Fox is not focusing very much at all on our troops over there fighting our wars, they just want Obama to send troops now! I have not seen a whole lot of coverage recently from Iraq or Afghanistan on Fox compared to CNN. When you have a war in a country where no country has ever accomplished their mission, it makes people wonder how many more American lives have to die.

Even though, much of the media tries to be objective, it would be almost impossible in our current climate.

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Stillow:

First of all, its liberals who live in there own little world and cannot see two feet in front of there faces. Your typical liberal voter o nthe street has no idea about current events or the who's who of politics. Conservatives are much more informed and much more invovled i nthe world around them. Did you know conservtives give far far more to charity than liberals do? I was the only one out of all my liberal freinds, my wife and I were the only one's who donated money after Hurricaine Katrina. None of my liberal freinds donated a dime to help.

Conservatives are more likely to serve there country in the military. While liberals are busy spitting on or burning the flag, conservatives are out protecting it.

Don't sit and tell me how glorious liberals are when all you do is bitch and whine about how crappy this country is on a regular basis. You go out and pick one family struggling with health care, while ignoring the 50 million who are happy.......you liberals are so busy telling me how to live my life, you forget to live your own....probably why your always after my money.

There have been numerous polls that show Fox viewers are indy's....yes they get conservative viewers too because there is no where else to turn....the rest of the media is so blatantly liberal, Fox is the only place to get real news.

For being so smart, you libs say some really stupid things on this site........

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Bigmike:

Far

I read that as 47% of the population in general thinks Fox news is mostly conservative. All of the other networks are even divided, more or less, between those who think they are mostly liberal and neither liberal or conservative. To me the conclusion here is that in the publics opinion there is no major network that does not have some type of bias. No network is trusted even half of the population.

No network is objective because there is no money in being so. In the age of 200-300 cable channels everyone plays to a niche audience.

"...fiscal conservatives are thinking more about how politics will affect them and their interests rather than the world at large."

I don't see it as selfish when I worry that the current administrations policies will lead to the stagflation we had in the Carter years. I will get thru it. But a lot of other people will pay the price. That I do worry about, even tho it won't affect my "interests."

As for cable news hosts having strong opinions, it is called the first amendment. They had strong opinions on Air America too and the same right to air those opinions. They just didn't have any listeners.

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Aaron_in_TX:

60% of people think Fox News has some sort of bias, while only 45-48% think the same of all the other networks.

I think this poll throws a huge wrench in the "liberal media" argument. Only 1/3 of viewers think the MSM is too liberal, but almost half think think that Fox News is conservatively biased. I've said before Americans are smarter than we give them credit for.

Most importantly - 63% believe that the news has been too critical or fair toward Obama. The same 1/3 believes that is has not been critical enough. So much for the media shilling for Obama.

The numbers for the MSM networks are close to the conservative/liberal/moderate split. Most quantitative research I have seen on media bias finds that people's opinions on media bias have more to do with the viewer's own bias rather than the media itself.

I'm surprised 53% said they regularly read newspapers. This shows the newspaper industry is suffering from poor management, not a lack of readers.

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RAG2:

@ Stillow:

Watch your language, MF! Seriously though, don't just casually dismiss opposing views as "BS". Have an open mind, and be prepared to argue in "an intellegent and CIVIL" manner.

PS. I'm sick and tired of your linking Germany's universal health-care system to Hitler. Adolph Hitler DID NOT create national health insurance for Germany--Kaiser Otto von Bismark did it in the 1880's, along with other reform that were similarly enacted in America 50 years later under the New Deal. The Kaiser felt the he could head off opposition to his rule by coddling the poor and making them feel they had as much state in his reign as the upper classes did.

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RAG2:

PS, Typos: "reform" was supposed to be "reforms" and "state" was supposed to be "stake".

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RAG2:

@ Stillow:

And by the way, it's conservatives like YOU who live in "your own little world". Most of the stuff you say is not consistent with actual history. Democrats have been accused of practicing "moral relativism", but Republicans have done far worse: They practice "truth relativism". It's one thing to say that "right or wrong" is in the eyes of the beholder--quite another to say that about "TRUE and FALSE". Something is either true or it's not--and most of what you, and most modern-day "movement conservative" Republicans, say is false!

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RAG2:

@ Stillow:

Also, we liberals don't complain about injustices in America because we "hate" America--we do it because we love America--just as parents constructively criticize their children because they love them and want them to be the best they can possibly be. How can America be the best country it can possibly be--let alone the best in the world--unless it notices its occasional mistakes so it can correct them? Or is America God? Think about that for a long, long time--especially if you have raised kids.

PS. The American PEOPLE, not the country, is the "parent". That's how America works.

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