Friday, November 07, 2008

Most Americans Believe Media Campaigned for Obama

Overt advocacy for Obama by media, at no cost, plus nearly a billion dollars in Obama campaign funds bought 53% of Americans' votes.

-- From "Majority Say Reporters Tried To Help Obama" posted by 11/5/08

As the presidential campaign comes to a close, a majority of voters (51%) say most reporters have tried to help Barack Obama win the presidency. Just seven percent (7%) think they tried to help John McCain.

Thirty-one percent (31%) say reporters have offered unbiased coverage, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.

Men are far more suspicious than women. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of male voters think reporters actively favored Obama, compared to a plurality of female voters (46%).

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans and 51% of unaffiliated voters say reporters have tried to help Obama, but just 24% of Democrats agree. Nearly half of Democrats (49%) say reporters tried to be unbiased, and only 12% think they tried to help McCain.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters continue to believe most reporters try to help the candidate they want to win, while 23% think most try to offer unbiased coverage. Nine percent (9%) are undecided. These numbers have been fairly consistent through the summer.

This suggests why even though voters overwhelmingly believe politicians will "break the rules to help people who give them a lot of money," 55% believe media bias is more of a problem than big campaign contributions.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE: Read Washington Post's self-critique admitting bias toward Obama