CBS Ignores Own Poll Showing Tax Cut Support

By Scott Hogenson | July 7, 2008 | 8:27 PM EDT

First Add: Includes data on survey methodology

( - A CBS News poll of people who watched President Bush's Tuesday night address to Congress found a wide majority of Americans support Bush's proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut, but the network didn't even mention the survey results in its own evening newscast.

According to the CBS News poll, 67 percent of those questioned approve of the Bush tax relief plan, while 31 percent oppose it. However, the results of the network's survey didn't receive any mention during the Wednesday broadcast of the CBS Evening News, according to the Media Research Center, a network news watchdog group.

Rather than mention the poll results, the network relied on a report featuring two women from Omaha, Nebraska, both of whom indicated they thought Bush's plan cut taxes too much, the MRC noted. The Media Research Center is the parent organization of

Bush Tuesday formally rolled out his plan for across the board tax cuts amounting to $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years. Democrats are proposing a smaller tax cut, which would amount to about $900 billion over the same time frame.

While the network declined to broadcast the results of its survey during the Wednesday evening news program, which was anchored by Dan Rather, it did publish the results on the CBS News Internet web site.

The poll was conducted by Knowledge Networks among a national random sample of 978 adults, and the network called the poll "scientifically representative," of the public's response to Bush's speech.

The margin of error was plus or minus three percent, based on the entire sample, and four percent among those who viewed or heard the speech.