Survey Finds Conservative Media Viewers More Informed Than Liberals on Important Topics

Survey Finds Conservative Media Viewers More Informed Than Liberals on Important Topics
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Liberals have no shortage of mainstream media outlets to choose from to confirm their bias, but a new survey implies those outlets aren’t offering as much in terms of facts.

According to Rasmussen Reports:

How big is the U.S. national debt? How many Americans don’t have health insurance? What’s the top tax rate? If you watch liberal news media, you’re more likely to get those answers wrong.

Only 16% of Likely U.S. Voters who say CNN is their favorite cable news outlet and 20% of those who say MSNBC is their favorite correctly estimated the U.S. national debt (currently more than $28 trillion) as being between $20 trillion and $30 trillion. By contrast, 35% of Fox News viewers, and 32% who say they get their news from talk radio, correctly estimated the size of the U.S. national debt. Viewers of CNN and MSNBC are more likely to dramatically underestimate the size of the national debt, as are voters who get their news from major broadcast networks (NBC, ABC and CBS).

There were similar effects on questions about health insurance and income tax rates, with viewers of liberal media more likely to get the facts wrong than voters who don’t watch TV news at all.

A separate poll from Rasmussen last week found that liberal media viewers are the most misinformed when it came to issues relating to narratives regarding police violence. Over half of MSNBC and CNN viewed believe more than 100 unarmed African Americans were fatally shot by police in 2020, while only 2% of Fox Viewed believed that. The number was 18 – fewer than the number of people killed in the riots that followed George Floyd’s death. A quarter of CNN and nearly a fifth of MSNBC viewers believed that over 500 were fatally shot each year by cops (compared only 9% of Fox viewers). Talk radio listeners were the most likely to estimate the number correctly.

Viewers of MSNBC and CNN were also the most likely to overestimate the number of homicides committed each year with rifles, the most common form of gun they push for further restrictions on.

Forty-three percent 43% of CNN viewers and 40% of MSNBC viewers believe rifles are used in more than 500 homicides annually, compared to just 19% of Fox News viewers. Only 26% of talk radio listeners overestimated the number of homicides committed with rifles.

In 2019 there were 364 people killed with rifles in the U.S.

Evidence that liberals have less understanding about important key issues was also uncovered when they decided last November that voting for Joe Biden was a good idea.

Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New YorkDebunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate


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