RASMUSSEN: 41 of American Adults Consider Media as Either Unfriendly To or An Enemy Of the People

66 of voters believe national political journalists often get important aspects of story wrong

By Scott Rasmussen


WASHINGTON D.C. (Texas Insider Report) Referring to the media in general terms can be confusing in todays diverse news environment. But ScottRasmussen.com has explored perceptions of both conservative media outlets and mainstream media outlets.

  • 41 of American adults consider the media to be either unfriendly to the American people (21) or an enemy of the people (20).

An Economist/YouGov poll found that 42 have the opposite view. They see the media as either:

  • A Friend (23) or
  • An Ally of the people (19)1

Not surprisingly there is a huge partisan divide on this issue.

  • 72 of Democrats consider the media a friend or an ally
  • 71 of Republicans consider the media either unfriendly or an enemy of the people.
  • 33 of Independents consider the media to be a friend or ally
  • while 40 say the opposite.1

ScottRasmussen.com polling also found that 66 of voters believe national political journalists often get important aspects of the story wrong.2

  • Most Democrats (53) consider Conservative Media outlets inaccurate.
  • Most Republicans (61) consider the Mainstream Media inaccurate.
  • 46 of Independent Voters consider both sources unreliable. 2

Long recognized as one of the worlds leading Public Opinion Pollsters and referred to as a driving force in American politics" by The Washington Post Scott Rasmussen is the publisher of ScottRasmussen.com. His most recent book The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not was published in 2018 by the Sutherland Institute.

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