Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
|Total agree||Total disagree||Strongly agree||Agree||Disagree||Strongly disagree||Don’t know|
|The media usually reports the news accurately||35%||54%||2%||33%||41%||13%||12%|
|The media usually reports all sides of a story||21%||69%||1%||20%||46%||23%||10%|
|The media is too critical of government and politicians in Australia||29%||57%||4%||25%||46%||11%||14%|
|These days I rely more on the internet than newspapers and TV for my news and information about politics.||44%||46%||12%||32%||37%||9%||10%|
|I trust the media more than I trust politicians||37%||43%||4%||33%||33%||10%||20%|
|I trust politicians more than I trust the media||16%||65%||1%||15%||44%||21%||18%|
|The media does a good job of scrutinizing politics and holding politicians accountable||45%||43%||3%||42%||31%||12%||12%|
|Overall, the media are politically biased in favour of the Liberal Party||19%||55%||4%||15%||44%||11%||26%|
|Overall, the media are politically biased in favour of the Labor Party||23%||50%||5%||18%||41%||9%||25%|
|The media are too focused on personalities and not enough on policies||70%||18%||21%||49%||15%||3%||12%|
|There is too much coverage of politics in the media||34%||52%||7%||27%||45%||7%||14%|
|The media does a good job of helping people to understand political and social issues||40%||48%||2%||38%||36%||12%||12%|
|I follow the news closely every day||57%||38%||10%||47%||32%||6%||6%|
The majority of respondents disagree that the media usually reports all sides of a story (69%) and that the media reports the news accurately (54%).
However, they tend to trust the media a little more than they trust politicians – 37% agree they trust the media more and 16% agree they trust politicians more.
The results also indicate that respondents want more rather than less coverage of politics – only 34% agree that there is too much coverage of politics and 57% disagree that the media is too critical of government and politicians.
Respondents were divided over whether the media does a good job of scrutinizing politics and holding politicians accountable (45% agree/43% disagree) and tended to disagree that the media does a good job of helping people to understand political and social issues (40% agree/48% disagree).
70% agree that the media are too focused on personalities and not enough on policies.
A minority of respondents think the media are biased – 23% think they are biased in favour of the Labor Party and 19% in favour of the Liberal Party.
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