Post-Election Poll: 69% of Voters Don’t Believe News Media Are Honest and Truthful

Michael W. Chapman | November 15, 2016 | 10:58am EST
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MRC President Brent Bozell. (MRC)

( – A new post-election survey by YouGov shows that 69% of U.S. voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful, and 78% of voters believe news coverage of the presidential race was biased, the Media Research Center, which sponsored the survey, reported today.

“The media are in full panic mode because the American people rejected their leftist agenda -- and them,” said MRC President Brent Bozell in a Nov. 15 statement about the poll. “People didn’t believe the nonsense that the media were politically neutral. Even a third of Hillary's supporters believe they were pro-Hillary!”

The YouGov poll showed that 1/3 (32%) of Hillary Clinton voters believe the media were “pro-Clinton.” In addition, among all voters, 59% said the media were for Clinton while only 21% said the media were for Trump.

Further, 8% of Trump voters said they would have voted for Clinton if they had believed what the media were saying about Trump, the survey revealed.

However, 97% of voters said they did not let the media’s bias influence their vote, according to the poll.

“When you have a strong majority of actual voters saying the national ‘news’ media were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton and tried to influence the public to vote for her; and believing they are fundamentally dishonest, you have a major problem that can’t be fixed with an apology,” said the MRC’s Bozell.

“The public has rejected this institution as being either objective or truthful,” he said.  “There is an institutional bias at major media networks that must be repaired and I am highly skeptical that news executives are interested or capable of undertaking this responsibility.”

“Despite the overwhelming and persistent bias of this cycle in particular, I am heartened by the fact that, according to our poll, the American people didn’t let it sway their vote,” said Bozell.  “If this isn’t a wakeup call for the left-wing media to stay out of politics, I don’t know what is.”

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.  (AP) 

The YouGov poll was carried out Nov. 9-10 online with 2,006 actual voters. (For full results of the poll, see mrc_post_election_survey_full_results_.xlsx )

The MRC is a non-profit research and education group that monitors liberal media bias. According to its website, the “MRC’s sole mission is to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media. This makes the MRC’s work unique within the conservative movement. The Media Research Center’s unwavering commitment to neutralizing left-wing bias in the news media and popular culture has influenced how millions of Americans perceive ‘so-called’ objective reporting. Integrating cutting-edge news monitoring capabilities with a sophisticated marketing operation, the MRC reaches nearly 203.6 million Americans each week to educate them about left-wing bias in the media.”

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