Those surveyed were asked the following questions:
- How closely have you followed news reports about House Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Trump?
- When they write or talk about the impeachment effort, are most reporters trying to help impeach President Trump or block his impeachment? Or are most reporters simply interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner?
Fifty-three percent of likely voters believe reporters are trying to assist in the Democrats’ impeachment efforts and only 32 percent of likely voters believe reporters are “simply interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner.”
Only eight percent say reporters are actually trying to block President Trump’s impeachment.
Of Republicans, a whopping 76 percent say the press is trying to help impeach the president, while a plurality–48 percent–of those unaffiliated with either party agree.
Thirty six percent of Democrats agree with the sentiments.
The number gets even higher among those who told Rasmussen they were following the impeachment news “very closely.” Among those likely voters, 58 percent believe reporters are trying to help impeach Trump.
Last week, Newsbusters reported that since the beginning of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, 96 percent of evening newscasts on NBC, CBS and ABC had a negative spin against President Trump.
MRC analysts have reviewed all coverage of President Trump and his administration on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts since 2017. Following the beginning of the impeachment inquiry on September 24, this coverage has been even more hostile than normal: Out of 684 evaluative comments included in these broadcasts, a whopping 96 percent have been negative, vs. a meager four percent that have been positive.
Between Sept. 24 and Nov. 5, the network evening news coverage spent 398 minutes on the impeachment inquiry and Ukraine and 95 percent of the coverage was negative. They spent 121 minutes on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and the coverage was 98 percent negative. On the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the networks dedicated 45 minutes worth of coverage with 67 percent negative spin.