The recent Rasmussenpoll finding that now 49% of Americans think the media will try to help Obama win the election has been noted repeatedly in the blogosphere.

To add some extra data to back up that finding, here is Fox’s latest national poll on the race.

Headline: Obama 41, McCain 40.

As I read through the poll qustions, I noticed something I don’t usually see: media bias questions. Rasmussen got the ball rolling but the questions below echo the problem. The MSM is totally in the tank for Obama and (almost) everyone knows it. Even 61% of *Democrats *agree think the media want Obama to win and 31% of *Democrats *think the media is reporting in Obama’s favor rather than being objective. The independent numbers are even more aware of the deception.

As Instapundit would say: looks like a diversity problem.

Questions below the fold:25. Which presidential candidate — Barack Obama or John McCain — do you think most members of the media want to win the election? (ROTATE)most members of the media want to win the election? (ROTATE)

OBAMA MCCAIN NEITHER

All Voters 67% 11 11 (+57)

Democrats 61% 14 10 (+47)

Republicans 77% 10 8 4 (+67)

Independents 63% 12 17 9 (+51)

For reference: Which presidential candidate — Bush or Kerry — do you think most members of the media want to win the election? (ROTATE)

Bush Kerry (Neutral)

7-8 Sep 04 LV 26% 46 10 (+20)

26. Do you think the national press is covering both presidential campaigns objectively or is one campaign receiving more positive coverage than the other?

Objectively Obama McCain

All Voters 36% 46 6 (+40)

Democrats 44% 31 8 (+23)

Republicans 24% 67 2 (+65)

Independents 41% 41 9 (+32)