Rasmussen Reports, one of the most reliable polling firms, finds that 61% of likely voters are angry at the US media. By party break-down: “Seventy percent (70%) of Republicans and 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party are angry at the media. Democrats agree but by a much narrower 51% to 45% margin.”
To be fair to voters, I don’t think “angry” necessarily means modeling after this Wisconsin man, who took a shotgun to his television after watching Bristol Palin succeed on “Dancing with the Stars.”
But the survey wording was clear to respondents: “How angry are you at the media?”
And to be fair to the media, are all angry voters more conservative than the media, or do all angry media consumers distrust the media’s honesty? No… not all. Other results from the same poll help explain a little into why MediaLifeMagazine.com reported that the first quarter of 2011 “the 20th straight quarter of decline for print ad revenue.”
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters believe that when most reporters write or talk about Obama, they are trying to help him pass his agenda. That’s down from 48% a year ago. Just 20% think most reporters are trying to block the president from passing his agenda, while 26% say they are merely interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner. These last two findings are basically unchanged from last June, but now 15% are undecided.
Voters 50 and older are much more likely to share those views than those who are younger.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of GOP voters and 42% of unaffiliateds believe most reporters are trying to help pass the president’s agenda. Three-out-of-four Democrats (74%) think most reporters are either trying to block Obama’s agenda or report the news in an unbiased manner.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).