by Steven Ertelt
May 16, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — During the 2004 presidential elections, the mainstream news media frequently engaged in bias — especially on pro-life issues such as abortion and stem cell research. As with previous polls, a new survey confirms most members of the media voted for Democrat John Kerry over President George W. Bush.
The University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy found journalists picked Kerry over Bush by 68 percent to 25 percent.
The college sampled 300 journalists, from both newspapers and TV. The poll also found that Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 and twice as many self-identified themselves as "moderate" over "liberal" despite their leftward leanings.
"As in previous polls, a majority (53 percent) called their political orientation ‘moderate,’ versus 28 percent liberal and 10 percent conservative," Editor & Publisher’s Joe Strupp reported.
The Media Research Center, a media watchdog, said that the polling results are "nothing new."
"It’s also a good bet that 68 percent for Kerry is an understatement," MRC noted.
As in previous polls, a majority (53 percent) called their political orientation ‘moderate,’ versus 28 percent liberal and 10 percent conservative.
A poll last year by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 54 percent of national journalists described themselves as "moderates," 34 percent as liberals and a mere 7 percent who dubbed themselves conservative.
Previous news media polls found an overwhelming majority of journalists backed pro-abortion candidate Al Gore and pro-abortion ex-president Bill Clinton.
Related web sites:
University of Connecticut Survey –
Media Research Center – https://www.mediaresearch.org