Pew Research Center http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19670/all en Media Bias 101: What Journalists Really Think -- and What the Public Thinks About Them http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/media-bias-101-what-journalists-really-think-and-what-public-thinks-about-them <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Decades of Research Showing What Journalists Think, How Journalists Vote, What the Public Thinks About the Media, and What Journalists Say About Media Bias </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Media Bias 101</strong> summarizes decades of survey research showing how journalists vote, what journalists think, what the public thinks about the media, and what journalists say about media bias. The following links take you to dozens of different surveys, with key findings and illustrative charts. (Most recent update: May 2014)</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/media-bias-101-what-journalists-really-think-and-what-public-thinks-about-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division Gallup Journalists Liberal Bias media Media Bias 101 Media Bias Basics Pew Research Center Polls Rasmussen surveys Thu, 08 Oct 2009 21:37:00 +0000 admin 29256 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-28: Seeing Liberal Bias in the News (2013) http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-28-seeing-liberal-bias-news-2013 <p>A trio of polls conducted during 2013 showed that, by a wide margin, many more Americans see a liberal bias in the news media than a tilt in favor of conservatives. Even a sizeable percentage of self-identified Democrats seemed to concede this point, with 36 percent telling the Pew Research Center that the media are liberal, and 38 percent of Democrats telling Rasmussen they shared the views of the “average reporter.”<br /><br /><strong>KEY FINDINGS</strong>:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-28-seeing-liberal-bias-news-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division conservative Gallup liberal Media Bias Media Bias 101 Pew Research Center Polls Rasmussen Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:20:31 +0000 rich.noyes 45279 at http://www.mrc.org CBS: Internet 'Very Unfriendly' Due to Politics; Omits Liberals More Unfriendly http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-internet-very-unfriendly-due-politics-omits-liberals-more-unfriendly <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> <img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/main_photos/2012/March/2012-03-13-CBS-PollGraphic.jpg" style="float: right;" height="184" width="240" />CBS This Morning on Tuesday highlighted a recent Pew Research poll that "<strong>says politics is now making the Internet very unfriendly</strong>....nine percent of social networking users say they've un-friend...or blocked someone whose politics they disagree with." But the morning show failed to mention that the poll explained that "<strong>liberals are the most likely</strong>...<strong>to block, unfriend, or hide</strong>.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-internet-very-unfriendly-due-politics-omits-liberals-more-unfriendly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS This Morning Daily Beast Erica Hill obamacare Pew Research Center Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:26:10 +0000 matthew.balan 39426 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-26: Record High 67% See Political Bias in News Media http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-26-record-high-67-see-political-bias-news-media <p>A Pew Research Center survey of 1,000 adults conducted in January 2012 and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.people-press.org/2012/02/07/cable-leads-the-pack-as-campaign-news-source/"><strong>released the following month</strong></a> found a record high 67 percent of Americans see “a great deal” or “fair amount” of “political bias” in the news media. Such a widespread perception of bias is bad news for the media, since most Americans (68%) also told Pew’s researchers they prefer to get their political news from sources “that have no particular political point of view.”<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-26-record-high-67-see-political-bias-news-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division Media Bias Pew Research Center Polls public opinion surveys Tea Party Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:38:08 +0000 rich.noyes 39727 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-25: Pew Finds Record Low Respect for News Media (2011) http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-25-pew-finds-record-low-respect-news-media-2011 <p>A <a target="_blank" href="http://www.people-press.org/2011/09/22/press-widely-criticized-but-trusted-more-than-other-institutions/"><strong>Pew Research Center poll</strong></a> of 1,501 adults conducted in July 2011 found that “negative opinions about the performance of news organizations now equal or surpass all-time highs on nine of 12 core measures.” The report documented how the public’s opinion of the media has significantly deteriorated since the group began polling in 1985, with record numbers seeing the press as inaccurate, biased — and even immoral.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-25-pew-finds-record-low-respect-news-media-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division accuracy bias media Pew Research Center Polls Press public opinion surveys Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:48:57 +0000 rich.noyes 39585 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-20: Confidence In Media Hits New Low http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-20-confidence-media-hits-new-low <p>In September 2009, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press updated its series on the public's view of the press, a set of reports that began in 1985. <a href="http://people-press.org/report/543/" target="_blank">The 2009 survey</a> of 1,506 adults found low confidence in the media's accuracy, objectivity, and independence. The report also found a widening partisan divide in how Democrats and Republicans rate individual news organizations.<br /><br /><strong>KEY FINDINGS</strong>:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-20-confidence-media-hits-new-low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division bias media Pew Research Center Poll public opinion Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:39:00 +0000 admin 29241 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-19: Pew Study Finds Media Credibility Plummets http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-19-pew-study-finds-media-credibility-plummets <p>A major biennial news consumption survey from the <a href="http://people-press.org/report/444/news-media" target="_blank"><strong>Pew Research Center for the People and the Press</strong></a> released on August 17, 2008 found that 'virtually every news organization or program has seen its credibility marks decline' and 'Democrats continue to give most news organizations much higher credibility ratings than do Republicans.' In preparing the 130-page report on media credibility, Pew talked to 3,615 adults; the data are comparable to earlier Pew studies that followed the same methodology.<br /</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-19-pew-study-finds-media-credibility-plummets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division abc bias cbs CNN Comedy Central Fox News media MSNBC NBC Pew Research Center Polls public Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:23:00 +0000 admin 29239 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-18: Public Overwhelmingly Saw Favoritism For Obama http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-18-public-overwhelmingly-saw-favoritism-obama <p>No fewer than five different polls conducted during the last months of the 2008 presidential campaign found the public strongly believed that the news media was biased in favor of Democrat Barack Obama in his campaign against Republican John McCain. In July, a Rasmussen poll found more than three times as many voters saw journalists favoring Obama; by October, a Pew Research Center poll discovered the margin had grown to nearly 8-to-1.<br /><br /><strong>KEY FINDINGS</strong>:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-18-public-overwhelmingly-saw-favoritism-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division Barack Obama Campaign 2008 Fox News John McCain Pew Research Center Polls public opinion Rasmussen survey Tue, 13 Oct 2009 19:17:00 +0000 admin 29238 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-16: Public Reaction to Media Coverage of the 2008 Primaries http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-16-public-reaction-media-coverage-2008-primaries <p>During the 2008 primary season, a Pew Research Center poll of 1,000 Americans discovered that most thought 'press coverage has favored Barack Obama than thought it has favored Hillary Clinton.' Earlier, a Rasmussen poll of 800 likely voters taken after the <em>New York Times</em> published a front-page story insinuating that Republican Senator John McCain had engaged in an extramarital affair found that two-thirds believed it was not 'simply reporting the news,' but 'an attempt by the paper to hurt the McCain campaign.'<br /><br /><strong>KEY FINDINGS</strong>:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-16-public-reaction-media-coverage-2008-primaries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division 2008 Campaign Barack Obama bias Hillary Clinton John McCain media New York Times Pew Research Center Polls public opinion Rasmussen Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:49:00 +0000 admin 29236 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-7: Bias in the 2004 Presidential Campaign http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-7-bias-2004-presidential-campaign <p>Four different polls conducted in the last days and immediate aftermath of the 2004 presidential campaign discovered that more voters saw the media as biased in favor of Democratic candidate John Kerry than Republican George W. Bush. Polls by the Pew Research Center and Gallup in the final weeks of the campaign found twice as many thought the media had been biased in favor of Kerry than saw a pro-Bush tilt.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-7-bias-2004-presidential-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division bias Fabrizio Gallup George W. Bush John Kerry mclaughlin media Pew Research Center public opinion survey Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:55:00 +0000 admin 29248 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-6: The People and The Press, 2003 http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-6-people-and-press-2003 <p>In the summer of 2003, Princeton Survey Research Associates conducted a <a href="http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=188" target="_blank">poll of 1,201 American adults </a>regarding the media for the Pew Research Center for The People &amp; The Press. They found that a majority (53 percent) of Americans regard the press as 'politically biased,' and most of those said the media tilted to the left.<br /><br /><strong>KEY FINDINGS</strong>:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-6-people-and-press-2003" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division bias defense ethics media Military Pew Research Center Poll public War on Terror Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:51:00 +0000 admin 29247 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-4: The People and The Press, 2000 http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-4-people-and-press-2000 <p>During the election year, the Pew Research Center for The People &amp; The Press frequently polled public attitudes about the media. In an <a href="http://people-press.org/report/29/media-seen-as-fair-but-tilting-to-gore" target="_blank">October 15, 2000 report</a>, the group found that most voters 'generally believe the media has been fair to both major presidential candidates, but more say the press has been fair to Al Gore than to George W. Bush.' In fact, the vast majority of respondents (89%) agreed that reporters' political views often or sometimes influenced the coverage.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-4-people-and-press-2000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division Al Gore bias George W. Bush media Pew Research Center Poll public Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:44:00 +0000 admin 29245 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 2-1: The People and The Press, 1997 http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-1-people-and-press-1997 <p>One of the most <a href="http://people-press.org/report/112/fewer-favor-media-scrutiny-of-political-leaders" target="_blank">comprehensive surveys</a> of the public's general opinion of the media was done in 1997 by the Pew Research Center for The People &amp; The Press, formerly known as the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press. This research compared poll results from the mid-1980s with the late-1990s, (using identical questions) and determined a growing percentage of the public realize the media are biased, inaccurate and an obstacle to solving problems.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-2-1-people-and-press-1997" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division bias media Pew Research Center Poll public opinion Fri, 09 Oct 2009 21:45:00 +0000 admin 29240 at http://www.mrc.org Exhibit 1-17: The News Media and the War, 2005 http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-1-17-news-media-and-war-2005 <p>As part of a larger study of how the views of 'opinion leaders' compare with those of the general public, the Pew Research Center for The People &amp; The Press, in collaboration with the Council on Foreign relations, surveyed 72 top journalists in September and October 2005.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-bias-101/exhibit-1-17-news-media-and-war-2005" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Bias 101 News Analysis Division immigration Iraq Media Bias opinion Pew Research Center public survey Terrorism war Thu, 08 Oct 2009 20:18:00 +0000 admin 29219 at http://www.mrc.org