Reuters and Rasmussen polls tell the rest of the story
Regardless of what you hear in the mainstream media (MSM) or the gross distortions from John McCain and his Gang of 8 on amnesty, a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll indicates the majority of Americans want most illegal foreign nationals deported.
Thirty percent of those polled say that most illegals, with few exceptions, should be deported, while 23% believe all illegals should be deported. Only 5% believe they should all be allowed to remain in the United States and given legal status. Seventy-five (75%) percent of Republicans think all or most illegals should be deported, compared to 40% of Democrats who think the same.
These results are in line with other polls in recent years, suggesting that people’s views on the subject have not changed dramatically since the amnesty debate reignited in Congress last month. Remember it was McCain and Kyl in 2009 who were pressuring Homeland INsecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano for further constraints on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration-enforcement authority. With Kyl newly retired, Jeff Flake has joined McCain on this deceptive mission. In 2007, national public outrage at the attempted perpetration of a massive amnesty sham resulted in the shut-down of congressional phone and fax lines.
The answer to the disparity between the skewed news we frequently get and more accurate accounts is found in this new Rasmussen Reports national survey of 1000 likely voters. It reveals that only 6% of Americans rate news media as “Very Trustworthy.”
Fifty-six percent (56%) of likely voters say they get most of their news from TV, including 32% who get it from cable news networks and 24% who get it from traditional network news. Another 25% use the Internet as their main source of news, while only 10% still rely on print newspapers — not a good sign for the ailing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Seven percent (7%) get most of their news from radio.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of all voters regard the news reported by the media as at least somewhat trustworthy, but that includes the mere six percent who think it is Very Trustworthy. Forty-two percent (42%) don’t trust the news media, with 12% who believe the news it reports is Not At All Trustworthy.
Rasmussen survey questions can be seen here.
Although not much of a surprise, this NewsBusters article relying on data from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, reveals that four times more journalists self-identify as liberal than conservative.