45% Call News Media ‘Primary Threat That Might Try to Change Election Results’
More people see the news media–as opposed to Russian hackers or political bosses–as the “primary threat that might try to change the election result,” according to a recent Suffolk University/USA Today poll.
Pollsters asked 1,000 likely voters: “What do you think is the primary threat that might try to change the election results?”
45.53% said “the news media”–followed by “the national political establishment” (20.79%); “undecided” (13.42%); “foreign interests such as Russian hackers” (10%); and “local political bosses” (8.95%).
When asked whether they thought the news media was “acting completely of its own accord or coordinating stories with individual campaigns,” less than half of respondents (47.8%) said that the media was reporting on the campaigns independently, while about a third (38.8%) said they believed that the media was coordinating with the campaigns it covered.
Another 12.6% of survey respondents were “undecided” whether there was coordination between the news media and individual campaigns.
Slightly more than half (56.5%) said they believe election results will be “fair and accurate,” while 38% say they are “worried that [election] results could be manipulated.”
In addition, all three major news networks failed to get to 10% on the trustworthy scale.
When asked ‘What news or TV commentary do you trust the most?’ less than a third (27%) of survey respondents cited Fox News. But that was almost twice the percentage that cited CNN (15.4%) as their most trustworthy source of news and information.
Other news outlets fared even worse:
- Undecided (18.6%);
- CBS (7.7%);
- ABC (6.9%);
- MSNBC (6.6%);
- NBC (6.5%);
- PBS (6.1%);
- C-SPAN (2.9%);
- Comedy Central (2.3%).
Survey participants were also asked: “Who do you think the media, including major newspapers and TV stations, would like to see elected president, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?”
Three-quarters (75.1%) replied “Hillary Clinton”, compared to 7.9% who answered “Donald Trump” and 4.9% who answered “neither”.
The national poll, which was conducted between October 20 and 24, was based on live telephone interviews – in English and Spanish – of adults 18 years or older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.