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Gallup Poll. Sept. 5-8, 2013. N=1,510 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media -- such as newspapers, TV and radio -- when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

 
    Great
deal
Fair
amount
Not very
much
None
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/5-8/13

11 33 33 22 1
 

9/6-9/12

8 32 39 21 1
 

9/8-11/11

11 33 36 19 1
 

9/13-16/10

12 31 36 21 -
             

"In general, do you think the news media are too liberal, just about right, or too conservative?" Options rotated

 
    Too
liberal
Just
about right
Too
conservative
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/5-8/13

46 37 13 5

 

 

9/8-11/11

47 36 13 4

 

 

9/13-16/10

48 33 15 4

 


 

Pew Research Center. July 17-21, 2013. N=1,480 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How do you get most of your news about national and international issues -- from television, from newspapers, from radio, from magazines, or from the Internet?" Up to two responses accepted.

 
    7/17-21/13 7/20-24/11 12/1-5/10    
    % % %    
 

Television

69 66 66

 

 

 

Internet

50 43 41

 

 

 

Newspapers

28 31 31

 

 

 

Radio

23 19 16

 

 

 

Magazines

4 3 3

 

 

 

Other (vol.)

2 4 1

 

 

 

Unsure/Refused

1 - 1

 

 

             

"How do you get most of your news about national and international issues -- from television, from newspapers, from radio, from magazines, or from the Internet?"
Asked of respondents who mentioned television: "On television, do you get most of your news about national and international issues from [see below]?" Multiple responses accepted. Results based on total sample.

 
    7/17-21/13 7/20-24/11 12/1-5/10    
    % % %    
 

Local

19 16 16

 

 

 

CNN

19 15 16

 

 

 

Fox News Channel

19 19 16

 

 

 

ABC

11 8 10

 

 

 

NBC

11 10 9

 

 

 

CBS

9 7 7

 

 

 

MSNBC

6 6 7

 

 

 

Other (vol.)

5 4 3

 

 

 

Unsure/Refused

1 2 2

 

 

 
 

TV not a main source

31 34 34

 

 

             

"Some people think that by criticizing leaders, news organizations keep political leaders from doing their job. Others think that such criticism is worth it because it keeps political leaders from doing things that should not be done. Which position is closer to your opinion?"

 
    Keep leaders
from doing
their job
Worth it Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-21/13

21 68 10

 

 

             

"In general, do you think news organizations get the facts straight, or do you think that their stories and reports are often inaccurate?"

 
    Get the
facts straight
Often
inaccurate
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-21/13

26 67 6

 

 

             

"In presenting the news dealing with political and social issues, do you think that news organizations deal fairly with all sides, or do they tend to favor one side?"

 
    Deal
fairly with
all sides
Tend
to favor
one side
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-21/13

19 76 5

 

 

             

"In general, do you think news organizations are pretty independent, or are they often influenced by powerful people and organizations?"

 
    Pretty
independent
Often
influenced
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-21/13

20 75 5

 

 

             

"I'm going to read you some pairs of opposite phrases. After I read each pair, tell me which ONE phrase you feel better describes news organizations generally. If you think that NEITHER phrase applies, please say so. (First,) would you say news organizations [see below]?" Each item asked of half the sample.

             
 

"Care about the people they report on, OR don't care about the people they report on"

 
    Care Don't care Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

31 59 6 4

 

             
 

"Are willing to admit their mistakes, OR try to cover up their mistakes"

 
    Willing
to admit
Try to
cover up
Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

20 71 4 4

 

             
 

"Focus on the stories that are important to the country, OR spend too much time on unimportant stories"

 
    Important
stories
Unimportant
stories
Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

28 65 5 2

 

             
 

"Protect democracy, OR hurt democracy"

 
    Protect
democracy
Hurt
democracy
Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

48 35 11 6

 

             
 

"Care about how good a job they do, OR don't care about how good a job they do"

 
    Care Don't care Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

67 26 5 2

 

             
 

"Are highly professional, OR not professional"

 
    Highly
professional
Not
professional
Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

60 29 8 2

 

             
 

"Are politically biased in their reporting, OR careful that their reporting is NOT politically biased"

 
    Politically
biased
Not
biased
Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

58 30 8 4

 

             
 

"Are liberal, OR conservative"

 
    Liberal Conservative Neither
applies
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

46 26 19 9

 

 

Republicans

65 17 12 6

 

 

Democrats

36 37 20 7

 

 

Independents

47 23 20 10

 

 

"Just your impression, do you think the job of being a journalist today is easier than it used to be, or harder than it used to be?" N=740 (Form 1), margin of error 4.2

 
    Easier Harder About the
same (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

28 65 3 4

 

             

"Do you think it takes a special set of skills and training to be a journalist, or don't you think so?" N=740 (Form 2), margin of error 4.2

 
    Takes a
special set
Doesn't take
a special set
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/17-21/13

79 19 2

 

 

             

"With the amount of news and information these days, do you think journalists are more important than in the past because they help make sense of all the information that is available, or journalists are less important than in the past because people can get information without the help of journalists?" Options rotated

 
    More
important
Less
important
About the
same (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

54 38 4 4

 


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