July 26, 2017 Last Updated 12:31 pm

Poll finds Republican favorable to idea of shutting down media outlets they consider biased

The Economist/YouGov Poll found that a majority of Republicans were also in favor of fining media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate

The Pew Research Center recently released survey findings that showed that Republicans view Russia as far less of threat than do Democrats, a reversal of views generally held over the past few decades. Some political observers chalked that up to the fact that their leader, currently the president, also holds that view, and that should a new administration come into power that view may return what had been the norm.

Another opinion the president has is that the media is biased, and something should be done about it.

During the campaign then candidate Trump said he might consider changing libel laws once he becomes president. In fact, according to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, the new administration has actually discussed the issue.

“I think that’s something we’ve looked at, and how that gets executed and whether that goes anywhere is a different story,” Priebus said in an interview in April on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. “I think that newspapers and news agencies need to be more responsible with how they report the news.”

No wonder then that Republicans appear open to the idea of shutting down media outlets that they feel report “biased or inaccurate” content.


According to a new poll from The Economist and YouGov, 45 percent of Republicans said they favor the idea of shutting down media outlets over the issue of bias. Only 20 percent of Republicans said they oppose the idea, with 35 percent saying the “haven’t heard enough to say.”

Democrats were not entirely against the idea, either. Eighteen percent favored it, while only 39 percent said they were opposed to it (with the rest, 43 percent, saying haven’t heard enough to say.)

Sadly, the poll is in line with findings from the Pew Research Center which found in 2015 that 65 percent of adult Americans believe the media has a “negative effect on the way things are going in the country.” Only the Federal government, and the Congress specifically, had a worse rating.

The Economist/YouGov poll also asked about the idea of fining media outlets for their reporting. On this question Republicans were even more supportive, with 55 percent in favor, only 12 percent opposed. Democrats were split, with approximately one quarter in favor, one quarter opposed, and half without an opinion.

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