Accuracy in Media

In a new Poll Position-TV Newser poll conducted on Saturday, a large majority of those surveyed said they agreed with Herman Cain that there are too many people in the media who are downright dishonest.

Cain, who is under siege from the media over allegations of sexual harassment going back to his days when he was the CEO and president of the National Restaurant Association, went on the offensive Saturday when he criticized the press for their focus on the allegations.

The poll asked respondents the following question: On Saturday, presidential candidate Herman Cain made this statement: “There are too many people in the media who are downright dishonest.” Do you agree or disagree with that statement?

Sixty-four percent said yes, they agree, 19% said no and 17% had no opinion.

The party-line breakdown was somewhat predictable with 83% of Republicans agreeing with the question followed by 61% of Independents and 45% of Democrats.

Along racial and gender lines, the results were as follows: 66% of whites agreed, as did 61% of Hispanics and 57% of blacks. Sixty-nine percent of males agreed and 59% of females did as well.

The results are in line with previous nationwide surveys that show that the public in general has a low opinion of the media, which may help explain why the media onslaught hasn’t been able to totally derail the Cain campaign.

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