Pew Research polls global opinion on media bias; so how much damage has the US liberal press done?

To the surprise of few, people around the world overwhelmingly agree that the media should be unbiased in their coverage of political issues.

That’s according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 38 countries, but did the polling agency inadvertently prove the liberal media bias in the U.S.?

The survey finds that a median of 75 percent say it’s never acceptable for the media to favor one political party over others when reporting the news. Alarmingly, 20 percent, 1 in 5, say this is sometimes acceptable.

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People in Europe show the greatest opposition to political bias in their news, with 89 percent in Spain and 88 percent in Greece saying this is unacceptable.

In the U.S., 78 percent say the news media should never favor one political party over another.

The survey found there are sharp political differences in views of the media in many countries, with the largest gap being in the U.S.

In the chart below, Americans who identify with the Republican Party are considered governing party supporters, while those who identify with the Democrat Party or say they are independent are categorized as nonsupporters.

“The U.S. is also one of only a few countries where governing party supporters are less satisfied with their news media than are nonsupporters,” Pew noted.

Meaning conservatives are less happy with media coverage when compared to others, even though they control the government.

And while the desire for unbiased reporting is strong, people are not always sure their news organizations are delivering.

More from Pew Research Center:

A median of only 52% across the 38 nations polled say the news media in their country do a good job of reporting on political issues fairly, while 44% say they do not. And although majorities of the public in 18 countries say their news media are performing well in this area, attitudes are more negative in the remaining 20 nations surveyed. The most critical are Spain, Greece, South Korea, Lebanon and Chile, where at least six-in-ten say their news media do not do well on reporting the news fairly.


The results show that outside of politics, people give the media considerably higher marks in other performance areas, such as reporting important news.

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