'Fake news' sign is seen displayed on a laptop screen in this long exposure illustration photo taken on June 13, 2020. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Asked about seven leading news sources, 36% of voters said none of them are unbiased and present the facts in a neutral manner. A Political IQ survey found that 49% of Republicans hold this view along with 44% of Independents. However, only 18% of Democrats agree.

Nearly half (48%) of Democrats see CNN as an unbiased source of information and 38% of them say the same about the New York Times. Among Republicans, 30% see Fox News as unbiased.

Overall, 30% of voters see CNN as unbiased followed by the New York Times (25%), Fox News (24%), PBS (22%), the Washington Post (17%), MSNBC (16%), and the Wall Street Journal (15%).

In all cases but Fox News, Democrats are more likely to see the news source as presenting facts in a neutral manner.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 27-28, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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