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Survey results rip media bias; Most Americans doubt fairness, accuracy

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Is the establishment media telling the truth or fabricating false impressions about violent crime?

Sixty percent of likely voters say the news media don’t report fairly or accurately about crime, according to the results of a new survey published Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports, amounting to a slap in the face to the establishment press.

According to Rasmussen, only 24 percent of likely voters “believe most of the news media report fairly and accurately about the problem of crime in America.”

“Most voters distrust the news media’s reporting on crime,” Rasmussen said, “but are divided as to whether the media are exaggerating or underplaying the amount of crime.”

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The survey of 915 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on June 8-9 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Last month, Rasmussen released the results of an earlier survey, done in cooperation with the Heartland Institute, revealing that 50 percent of likely voters who say MSNBC or CNN were their favorite cable news networks were under the misimpression that police officers were shooting far more unarmed African American than the facts show.

“By contrast, only 22% of Fox News viewers believe police shot more than 100 unarmed black people last year,” Rasmussen reported at the time.

In this newest survey, Rasmussen acknowledged opinions vary according to political affiliation, at times.

“Democrats trust the media’s coverage of crime more than do other voters,” Rasmussen detailed, “but distrust cuts across party lines. Only 34% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 14% of voters not affiliated with either major party believe most of the news media report fairly and accurately about the problem of crime in America. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans, 44% of Democrats and 70% of unaffiliated voters think the media don’t report fairly and accurately about crime.”

Breaking things down further, the survey says 43 percent of Republicans and Independents think the news media “tend to underplay the amount of violent crime in America, as do 31 percent of Democrats.” At the same time, 39 percent of GOP voters, 31 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Independents think the media “exaggerate the amount of violent crime.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, according to the survey, “President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are more likely to trust the media’s crime reporting. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 44% believe most of the news media report fairly and accurately about the problem of crime in America. By contrast, among voters who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, only seven percent (7%) think the media report fairly and accurately about crime.”

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