Only 10 percent of the 1,000 registered voters polled by Daily Kos/SEIU have a favorable view of the “political media.” That’s a lower approval rating than Congress has. Other things that poll higher: Tape-delayed Olympics coverage; bringing Internet gambling to New Jersey; the reports that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are living together.
But for a group of people who hate the coverage they’re getting, Americans sure consume a lot of it. Even in the slow month of July, coverage of the 2012 presidential election was at or near the top of Pew’s News Interest Index every week. They may not think the people providing their news are doing a good job, but Americans are reading and watching. Moreover, the Internet has shredded the argument that there’s not enough choice in political coverage — bloggers are political media as much as cozy Beltway insiders are.
Americans seem to manifest their hate for political media the same way they stick it to Congress, by returning most of its incumbents to office year after year.
|In general, do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the political media?|
|Not Federal Tribe||0||78||22|
|Non Tea Party||13||71||16|
|18 to 29||11||76||13|
|30 to 45||11||80||9|
|46 to 65||9||78||13|
|Older than 65||8||77||15|
|Did not complete high school||25||71||4|
|High school graduate||11||69||20|
|Some college/Associate degree||8||79||12|
|Don’t care to say||0||78||22|
|Less than $30,000||8||74||18|
|$30,000 to $50,000||8||81||11|
|$50,000 to $75,000||12||72||16|
|$75,000 to $100,000||9||83||9|
|Declined to Answer||12||74||14|