Must-Know Media Bias Statistics [Recent Analysis]

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In this post, we explore a range of revealing statistics on media bias in the United States. From public perceptions of bias in traditional media outlets to the political leanings of journalists, these statistics shed light on the complex landscape of media representation and trust in today’s society.

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"72% of Americans believe traditional media outlets are biased,"

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"Only 9% of U.S citizens have a ‘great deal’ of trust in the media,"

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"73% of Americans see too much bias in the reporting of news that is supposed to be objective,"

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"67% of Americans think there is political bias in their news coverage,"

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"86% of Americans believe the media is biased one way or the other,"

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"About 65% of Republicans and Republican leaners say the media has a liberal bias, while only 16% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say the same,"

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"84% of Americans consider the media either ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’,"

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"Representation of women is found to be only 35% in media, showing gender-based media bias,"

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"Partisan commentators on cable news channels outnumber journalists,"

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"55% of Democrats trust the media, while only 27% of Republicans trust media,"

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"Approximately 2,500 newspapers have closed in the past 13 years, showing an erosion in local media,"

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"Nearly one third (31%) of Americans feel that news stories about President Donald Trump are mostly unfair,"

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"On average, more than 70% of online articles commenting on US politics lean left,"

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"Only 28% of Americans have a ‘fair amount’ of trust in the media’s ability to report news fairly,"

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"74% of journalists identify as Democrats, which may suggest a potential liberal bias in media coverage,"

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"Public trust in the media has dropped from 68% in 1975 to 40% in 2020,"

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The statistics presented clearly indicate a widespread lack of trust and perceived bias in the media among the American public. The findings reveal significant disparities in trust levels and perceptions of bias between Democrats and Republicans, highlighting the deep political divide in media perception. The low representation of women in media, the rise of partisan commentators over journalists, and the erosion of local media further underscore the challenges facing the industry. Overall, the declining public trust in media over the years, coupled with the prevalent perception of bias, suggests a pressing need for greater transparency and accountability in news reporting to bridge the gap between media and the public.

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