About half of Americans think coverage of Obama and Romney is fair


An equal percentage of people polled -- 46 percent -- think coverage of President Obama and Mitt Romney has been fair. That's a plurality, but 60 percent overall thought both Obama and John McCain were treated fairly during the 2008 campaign.

Only 38 percent of Republicans think Romney is getting a fair shake. In 2008, 48 percent of Republicans thought John McCain was treated fairly.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Democrats think Romney's being treated fairly, not far from the percentage who think Obama is: 62 percent.

Last week, Gallup reported nearly 60 percent of people it polled don't trust the media, the largest percentage since it began asking the question regularly in the '90s. Increasing distrust among Republicans and independents have been driving that number up, Gallup reported.

Related: Media should press Obama harder on second term (CJR) | Poll: Partisan gap wider than ever in interpretation of economic news (Poynter)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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