Zogby Poll: Most Americans think media has liberal bias

posted at 2:37 pm on March 15, 2007 by Ian

Just about all Republicans, two-thirds of Independents, and 23% Democrats agree — the media has a liberal bias:

Nearly two-thirds of those online respondents who detected bias in the media (64%) said the media leans left, while slightly more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they see a conservative bias on their TV sets and in their column inches.

While 97% of Republicans surveyed said the media are liberal, two-thirds of political independents feel the same, but fewer than one in four independents (23%) said they saw a conservative bias. Democrats, while much more likely to perceive a conservative bias than other groups, were not nearly as sure the media was against them as were the Republicans. While Republicans were unified in their perception of a left-wing media, just two-thirds of Democrats were certain the media skewed right – and 17% said the bias favored the left.

The Zogby Interactive survey of 1,757 likely voters nationwide was conducted Feb. 20-26, 2007, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.

Here’s an interesting stat on what people think of blogs:

As the influence of blogs has risen, mainstream news organizations have attempted to get in on the action by creating their own blogs to counter those run by private citizens and those not in the news business. But American voters remain skeptical of major news outlets diving in to the blog pool – 26% speculated that the reason news organizations are placing blogs on their Web sites is that “blogs give news organizations a chance to promote a political agenda they could not promote in their regular broadcasts, cablecasts, or publications.”

(via Lucianne)

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jaleach on March 15, 2007 at 2:38 PM

We don’t need a poll to tell us this.

thirteen28 on March 15, 2007 at 2:42 PM

Actung! How’d this get pass ze sensors?!

Defector01 on March 15, 2007 at 2:47 PM

Since I don’t trust Zogby, I don’t know what to think.

[Oh, and is it just on my computer that this comment box bleeds into the right sidebar by about 75 pixels, making it virtually impossible to tell if typed everything properly?]

a4g on March 15, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Dunno a4, my comments haven’t been working…we’ll see if this goes through.

That said, maybe this is a warning from Zogby to use a little subtlety and not be so obvious?

Bad Candy on March 15, 2007 at 2:55 PM

Isn’t it weird, then, that if people think the media has a liberal bias, that they pretty much fall in line behind it anyways?

lorien1973 on March 15, 2007 at 2:57 PM

W00t! Everything seems to be in order!


Bad Candy on March 15, 2007 at 2:58 PM

I question the timing of this poll. Clearly, this is Karl Rove’s attempt to divert attention from the (insert federal agency name here) scandal.

Matticus Finch on March 15, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Sadly, this seems to have happened about the same time that the media decided that they needed to make the news, not just report it.

G-man on March 15, 2007 at 3:00 PM

Well, if ya go by ratings, Fox is crushing their competition, therefore the media leans to the right. How’s *that* for spin? If there was no lefty bias in the media, there’d be no Fox News, Talk Radio or any right wing blogs. They call it “supply and demand” … interesting concept. Left wing blogs also fill the need for those who are SO far to the left that they think the media leans right.

Tony737 on March 15, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Beware the Fairness Doctrine

Kini on March 15, 2007 at 3:05 PM

OT: is anyone else with no life watching Biden make an a$$ of himself on the floor. AP, if you can get his four outcomes of sectarian violence on tape, that is a keeper.

He is essentially saying that we must leave genocide alone…let it take its course (UN, motions, divide country, etc).

what a tool.

sunny on March 15, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Beware the Fairness Doctrine


Silly NeoCon
Fairness is for liberals

Defector01 on March 15, 2007 at 3:11 PM

I think you have a slight error, Ian. According to your block quote, 17%, not 23%, of Dems see a liberal bias.

mikeyboss on March 15, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Wait a minute!

There is progress in the “Surge”?

Iranian Generals are defecting? (no they are not) (yes they are) (no they are not) (yes they are) ……….

Insurgent leaders are being “arrested”? (still waiting for the “crime family” flow chart)

They are singing like stool pidgeons in Gitmo? (love letters to Rosie)

The movie 300 is a massie hit? (Madness? …… THIS IS SPARTA!)

Border Security is still an issue and won’t go away? (ssssshhh, don’t remind people!)

And this poll makes it by the censors…….?

“I can’t handle the “truth”!”

PinkyBigglesworth on March 15, 2007 at 4:34 PM

Media liberal bias?


Mazztek on March 15, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Hmm, no mention of this at all on HuffPo, dKos or DU. And they like Zogby. Well, MoveOn may have to issue a fatwa on him now.

laelaps on March 15, 2007 at 6:39 PM

This was an online poll? How is that scientific? Don’t get me wrong, I like the numbers, but “online” is not representive of america.

csdeven on March 15, 2007 at 9:07 PM

Truly and utterly shocked :P

Only a few real far left libbies I know say the media isn’t biased. Most realize it is..they just don’t give it much credence and move along with life as they should.

Highrise on March 16, 2007 at 4:21 AM

Sheeese! Who da thunk?

oakpack on March 16, 2007 at 12:16 PM