July 21, 2008
49% voters believe most reporters would help obama win (44% June)
21% of democrats
37% of democrats
10% of republicans
21% of independents
45% believe reporters would hide info if it hurt their candidate
R and I are more likely to trust campaign info from friends and family rather than reporters
D evenly divided
50% reporters make economy appear worse than it is
plurality believe they’re making Iraq appear worse than it is
This poll was taken before the NY Times refused to print McCain’s op-ed challenging obama’s plan for Iraq.
In February 24% voters had favorable view of NYT because of its story on McCain’s ties to lobbyists. And 66% aware of the story felt it was an attempt to hurt McCain.