Pew: Plurality believes Herman Cain sexual harassment coverage has been fair

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

Among people who have heard about the sexual harassment allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, more think media coverage has been fair than too easy or tough, according to a new Pew survey.

"A plurality (43%) of those who have heard about the allegations say they think recent media coverage of Cain has been fair. Among those critical of the press coverage, more say it has been too tough (24%) than too easy (14%) on Cain."

The report says that Republicans are more likely to believe that coverage has been too tough, with those respondents split almost evenly between "fair" and "too tough." Pew also reports that more Americans think the allegations are true than false, although those sentiments also shift depending on one's politics. The telephone survey was taken before another woman -- the first to do so publicly -- accused Cain of sexual improprieties Monday. || Related: Americans believe too many in media are "downright dishonest" (Yahoo News) | Cain emails his list: "Media obsessed" with harassment story (Politico) | Post ombud received just 11 emails about Herman Cain coverage (Poynter) | Spotlight on Herman Cain shows four stages of campaign coverage (Poynter)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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