Two-Thirds of Americans Say They Are Angry at the Media

June 15, 2010 - 2:56 PM
A new poll by Rasmussen Reports shows that a majority of Americans are angry at the media.

President Barack Obama talks to the media in the briefing room at The White House in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(CNSNews.com) – A new poll by Rasmussen Reports shows that a majority of Americans are angry at the media.
 
The survey of 1,000 likely voters found that 66 percent of voters describe themselves as at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33 percent who are very angry. The poll did not differentiate, however, between news outlets such as CNN and Fox News Channel.
 
Voters have said consistently in surveys that they believe the media has a liberal bias and most reporters try to help the candidates they want to win. Prior to Election Day in 2008, 51 percent of voters said that most reporters were trying to help Barack Obama win the presidency.
 
“Americans have spoken and they are livid with the media,” L. Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, said in a statement. CNSNews.com is a part of the Media Research Center.
 
“A new Rasmussen poll found an astonishing two thirds of American voters are at least somewhat angry at the media, including an entire one third who said they are ‘very angry.’ That’s disturbing but unfortunately, not surprising,” Bozell said.
 
“The liberal media lost touch with the public and fair reporting long ago, and Americans are sick of their lavish praise for a President that is leading our country and economy into a disastrous state. The American people are abandoning the old media by the millions because they are simply fed up,” he added.
 
“Now is the time for the national, so-called ‘news’ media to Tell The Truth! and report the facts. The American people are furious and are demanding answers,” Bozell said.

Also, the poll found that 48 percent of voters think most reporters are trying to help the president pass his agenda when they talk or write about him.
 
The poll was conducted on June 13-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
 
Meanwhile, another survey by Rasmussen reports shows that 65 percent of voters nationwide now hold populist, or mainstream, views of the government – up from 62 percent last September and 55 percent last March.
 
Mainstream voters usually favor the wisdom of the crowd over their political leaders and are skeptical of big government and big business. Political class voters tend to trust political leaders more than the public at large and are far less skeptical about government.
 
Republicans and independent voters are more likely to hold mainstream views than Democrats, but a majority of those in the Democratic Party hold mainstream views. Only four percent now support the Political Class.
 
“The American people don’t want to be governed from the left, the right or the center. The American people want to govern themselves," said Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “The American attachment to self-governance runs deep. It is one of our nation’s cherished core values and an important part of our cultural DNA.”