Poll: 58 Percent of Americans Feel ‘Misunderstood by the News Media’

NewsBusters | 1/18/2019 | Staff
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In a Pew Research Center poll released Friday, a majority of Americans and nearly three-quarters of Republicans responded that “news organizations don’t understand people like them” and not only that, but this disturbing answer came regardless of their news consumption habits.

When asked whether “news organizations understand people like them,” 40 percent of Americans polled agreed while 58 percent replied that the press “don’t understand....them.”

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Along partisan lines, 58 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of Republicans stated that they are understood by the press, but a whopping 73 percent of Republicans and a surprisingly high 40 percent of Democrats answered in the negative.

Though the data was released Friday (after having been collected in February and March of 2018), Pew’s Jeffrey Gottfried and Elizabeth Greico wrote that “[n]ot only are Republicans far more likely to feel misunderstood by the news media, they feel this way regardless of their media habits and demographic characteristics.”

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74 percent of Republicans who are “very interested in the news” stated that the press don’t get them while 70 percent of those “somewhat interested” and 78 percent of those “not interested” in news consumption answered the same way.

The GOP distrust in the press didn’t fade with age, education, or gender either, with all groups (18-49, 50+, high school degree or less, some college, minimum of a college degree, men, and women) telling Pew Research...
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