Notes on the Atrocities
Like a 100-watt radio station, broadcasting to the dozens...

Friday, October 03, 2003  

Let's pause for a moment to reflect on some of the polls now swirling around. The one that's attracted the most attention is the CBS News/NY Times poll, released yesterday. The screamer findings include these. Only:

  • 41% think the Iraq invasion was worth it;

  • 40% are confident in Bush's economic decisions;

  • 41% say Bush shares their priorities;

  • 43% have a favorable opinion of Bush;

  • 37% think the country's headed in the right direction (56% describe it as being on the "wrong track"); and

  • 29% think the administration has a clear policy for Iraq.

  • These are, of course, really bad numbers for Bush. (There are some positive numbers, too, but even there, the President is on the downward side of the slope.)

    But nevermind that--you knew Bush was tanking. How about the PIPA poll Kevin Drum points us to (could be me, but it keeps crashing my computer, so I won't link to it) that says Fox watchers are poorly informed?

    The extent of Americans' misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news. Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions. Those who receive most of their news from NPR or PBS are less likely to have misperceptions. These variations cannot simply be explained as a result of differences in the demographic characteristics of each audience, because these variations can also be found when comparing the demographic subgroups of each audience.

    Based on three dimensions tested (whether WMD were actually found, whether there's a link between Al Qaida and Iraq, and how much the rest of the world likes the US), a whopping 80% of FoxNews watchers had one or more misperceptions. The lowest? NPR listeners, with only 23%. Interestingly consumers of all TV news sources had more misperptions (55%-80%) than those who got their news from print media (47%).

    (And what do you bet blog readers are the best-informed of all?)

    posted by Jeff | 3:00 PM |
    Blogroll and Links