Friday, September 25, 2009

Almost 46% Have Permanently Stopped Watching/Reading Biased News Outlet

Press bias. It has an impact as Sacred Heart University found in a poll this month. More than 80% of Americans think national news media organizations are biased. Almost half (45.9%) of Americans no longer watch/read a media organization because of perceived bias.
Poll results found 83.6% saw national news media organizations as very or somewhat biased while just 14.1% viewed them as somewhat unbiased or not at all biased. Some, 2.4%, were unsure.

A large majority, 89.3%, suggested the national media played a very or somewhat strong role in helping to elect President Obama. Just 10.0% suggested the national media played little or no role. Further, 69.9% agreed the national news media are intent on promoting the Obama presidency while 26.5% disagreed. Some, 3.6% were unsure.

Over half of Americans surveyed, 56.4%, said they agreed that the news media are promoting President Obama’s healthcare reform without objective criticism. Another 39.3% disagreed and 4.3% were unsure. Further, a majority, 57.6% of those surveyed agreed that the news media appear to be coordinating efforts to diminish the record of former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin. One third, 34.6%, disagreed and 7.9% were unsure.

“It is sad,” suggested Jerry C. Lindsley, director of the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute, “when we find that only 55.9% say they expect the media to tell them the truth today.” He added, “This perception of bias will eventually catch up with the news media outlets – we found 45.9% have permanently stopped watching a news media organization, print or electronic, because of perceived bias.”
[emphasis added]

Newspaper readership keeps dropping (38.1% say they read the newspaper less now than five years ago).

With one exception, the number of Americans watching major TV news outlets has also dropped. Fox News viewership tops the "most frequently turned to" TV news rating list at 28.4%. And while Fox showed a gain of 1.9% from 2007 figures, all the other major TV players have lost viewership. CNN at 14.9% has lost 1.1%; NBC News at 10.6% has lost 1.2%; ABC News at 9.3% has lost 1.7% and even "local news" at 7.6% has lost 0.9%. CBS News came in 6th with only 7.4% who turn to it frequently for news.


Daniel said...

What we should do is eliminate all governmet funding for the humanistic, communistic schools that are brainwashing our children with monkey theories and liberal philosophies. Reading is a Jewish conspriracy designed to dilute our race.

T. D. said...

Great conspiracy--which is why we can read this blog (among other important writings), but you are blaming the wrong group!

Actually in terms of public education in America, the Puritans were the first to require education of all children in their colonies way back in the 1670's. They wanted to make sure children could read the Bible (and colony laws).

You should try reading a little more.