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Source of News

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Is there a source in the news media, such as a newspaper, magazine, television, or radio news outlet, that you trust for information about the health care law, or not?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Can you name the news media source you trust most for information on the (2010) health care law?
%
21     Fox News
11     CNN
5     MSNBC
5     Other cable network
9     National TV news (includes ABC, NBC, or CBS News)
7     Local TV news
4     New York Times
2     Wall Street Journal
*     Washington Post
9     Other newspaper
7     Public radio (includes NPR)
2     Public TV (includes PBS)
2     Online only news site (e.g. Huffington Post, Real Clear politics)
1     Other online source
1     Non-profit or community organization
1     Magazine
1     Government source
6     Other
6     Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of those who have a source in the news media they trust for information about the health reform law (46%)
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Sep, 2013]




There are many places people are turning to for information about the (2010) health care law. For each place I name, tell me how much you would trust information from that source. How much would you trust information about the health care law from...the news media? A lot, some, only a little, or not at all?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Aug, 2013]



Newspaper Loyalty

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Do you happen to read any daily newspaper or newspapers regularly, or not?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Biennial Media Consumption Survey, [May, 2012]




Now thinking about yesterday/Friday...Did you get a chance to read a daily newspaper yesterday/Friday, or not?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Biennial Media Consumption Survey, [May, 2012]




About how much time did you spend reading a daily newspaper yesterday/Friday?
Note: Asked of those who read a daily newspaper yesterday/Friday (29%)
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Biennial Media Consumption Survey, [May, 2012]



Confidence in the Media

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In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media--such as newspapers, TV and radio--when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly--a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?)...Newspapers
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




Some people argue that requiring journalists to reveal their confidential news sources will help make America safer, while others say it will not. Do you favor or oppose court orders that require journalists to reveal their sources? Do you strongly or mildly favor/oppose this?
State Of The First Amendment Survey, [May, 2013]



Accuracy of the Press

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In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media--such as newspapers, TV and radio--when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly--a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




In general, do you think news organizations get the facts straight, or do you think that their stories and reports are often inaccurate?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jul, 2013]




Do you think the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people about the situation with the AP (prosecutors obtaining the Associated Press' phone records through a court order after the AP reported classified information about US anti-terrorism efforts), or do you believe the Obama administration shared the facts with the American people as they became available?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [May, 2013]



Censorship and Free Press Issues

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(The following are some examples of rights and freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights or that are protected under various American laws and court rulings. For each one, please tell me if you think the US government is doing a good job, poor job, or neither a good nor poor job of protecting that particular right or freedom.) How about...the freedom of the press. Is the US government doing a good job, poor job, or neither a good nor poor job of protecting this right/freedom? Is that a very good/poor job or a somewhat good/poor job?
%
30     Very good job
30     Somewhat good job
10     Neither a good nor poor job
13     Somewhat poor job
15     Very poor job
1     Don't know
1     Refused
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Aug, 2013]




More generally, how concerned are you that in trying to protect classified information the federal government will improperly intrude on the freedom of the press--very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not concerned at all?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [May, 2013]




(The following are some examples of rights and freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights or that are protected under various American laws and court rulings. For each one, please tell me if you think the US (United States) government is doing a good job, poor job, or neither a good nor poor job of protecting that particular right or freedom.) How about...the freedom of the press? Is the US government doing a good job, poor job, or neither a good nor poor job of protecting this right/freedom? (If Good/Poor job, ask:) Is that a very good/poor job or a somewhat good/poor job?
%
36     Very good job
28     Somewhat good job
13     Neither a good nor poor job
10     Somewhat poor job
11     Very poor job
2     Don't know
*     Refused
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Jul, 2011]



Public Information or Intrusion on Private Lives

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Some local newspapers have published the names and addresses of individuals who have gun permits. Does the public have the right to know this info or do gun permit holders have the right to keep it private?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Jan, 2013]




As you may know, a British newspaper has been accused of hacking into the private cell phone lines of British citizens, celebrities and elected officials. The company has also been accused of illegally gaining peoples' private financial and medical records. In your view, how likely is it that American news organizations do the same thing?...Very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, not at all likely
Pew Weekly News Interest Index Poll, [Jul, 2011]




Do you happen to know if News Corp., the company that owns the now closed British Newspaper (that has been accused of hacking into the private cell phone lines of British citizens, celebrities and elected officials. The company has also been accused of illegally gaining peoples' private financial and medical records) owns any major news organizations in the United States, or not?
Pew Weekly News Interest Index Poll, [Jul, 2011]



From the Archives


(Are there any magazines that you read regularly, that is, most of the time? What magazine would that be?)...Smithsonian, New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic, Other Literature
Public Attitudes Towards and Understanding of Science and Technology Trend Survey, [Jun, 1988]




Newspapers carry a lot of things besides local, national and world events. Suppose you were the editor of a newspaper so that you could have a paper tailor-made to your own interests. Would you devote a lot of space, some space, a little space or no space to: Stories on sports or show business people
Relating To Readers In The 80s, [Dec, 1983]




Where do you get most of your news and information about the presidential campaign--from television, newspapers, radio, magazines, online services or somewhere else?
%
76     Television
33     Newspapers
16     Radio
7     Magazines
2     Online services
3     Other
1     None (vol.)
1     Don't know
Election Political Awareness Survey Campaign '96, [Mar, 1996]




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