By: E&P Staff
A new Gallup poll released today reveals that most Americans — some 56% — believe that the news media’s coverage of the war in Iraq is generally “inaccurate.”
But in what way? Of those who feel that coverage has been inaccurate, 61% feel it has painted too negative a picture there, while 36% say it has pictured it as too positive.
That means that overall, about one-third of Americans believe that the news media present too negative a picture of what is happening in Iraq; one out of five believe that the news media present too positive a picture, and the rest say that news media coverage is about right or have no opinion.
Looking at the partisan divide, Gallup explains: “Two-thirds of Republicans believe that the news media’s coverage of Iraq is both inaccurate and makes the situation there appear worse. Only one-quarter say that news media coverage is accurate.
“On the other hand, a majority of Democrats (55%) say that news media coverage of the situation there is accurate, with most of the rest saying that it is inaccurate and biased toward making the situation there appear better than it really is. Independents’ views on the issue are between the two extremes of Republicans and Democrats.”
The national survey of 1,013 Americans was taken just before Christmas.