As Daily Wire contributor John Nolte declared after Donald Trump’s historic upset of Hillary Clinton, the mainstream media were the biggest losers of the 2016 election. A recent post-election poll by the Media Research Center and YouGov added more data confirming that assertion, finding that an overwhelming percentage of American voters view the mainstream news media as overtly biased and untrustworthy and thus ignored it when deciding who they would elect.
In a poll conducted on the two days following Trump’s stunning victory, MRC/YouGov found that 69 percent of voters believed that the news media was not honest and truthful. Nearly 8 in 10 (79 percent) viewed the media’s coverage of the presidential race as biased—and most of those believed it to be biased in Clinton’s favor (59 percent viewing it as biased against Trump, 21 percent against Clinton).
A stunning 97 percent said they ignored the news media when it came to the election, not allowing its coverage to impact their vote at all. When pollsters asked Trump voters if they would have changed their vote had they trusted the media, 8 percent said they would have — a percentage that would have resulted in a hypothetical landslide for Clinton.
MRC president Brent Bozell pointed to the poll’s findings as more evidence of why the left-leaning news media are in “full panic mode” after the election they tried so hard to influence.
“If this isn’t a wakeup call for the left-wing media to stay out of politics, I don’t know what is.”
Brent Bozell, President of Media Research Center
“When you have a strong majority of actual voters saying the national ‘news’ media were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton and tried to influence the public to vote for her; and believing they are fundamentally dishonest, you have a major problem that can’t be fixed with an apology,” said Bozell. “The public has rejected this institution as being either objective or truthful. There is an institutional bias at major media networks that must be repaired and I am highly skeptical that news executives are interested or capable of undertaking this responsibility. Despite the overwhelming and persistent bias of this cycle in particular, I am heartened by the fact that, according to our poll, the American people didn’t let it sway their vote. If this isn’t a wakeup call for the left-wing media to stay out of politics, I don’t know what is.”
Here are the breakdowns provided by MRC:
7 in 10 (69%) voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful.
8 in 10 (78%) of voters believe the news coverage of the presidential campaign was biased, with nearly a 3-to-1 majority believing the media were for Clinton (59%) vs. for Trump (21%).
Even 1/3 (32%) of Clinton voters believe the media were “pro-Clinton.”
8% of Trump voters said they would have voted for Clinton if they had believed what the media were saying about Trump.
97% of voters said they did not let the media’s bias influence their vote.
Read Nolte’s analysis of the 2016 election exit polls here.
Poll info: The survey of 2006 actual voters was conducted online between November 9th and 10th 2016.