Wednesday, November 09, 2016

One thing the country needs is a less corrupt media.

Rasmussen reports:

//The media created a false narrative about the 2016 presidential campaign, and most polling reinforced it.

Controversy was the name of the media game, most of it focused on Republican Donald Trump, and many media outlets, most prominently the New York Times, and many pollsters were saying little over a month ago that Democrat Hillary Clinton had already won. But the three daily tracking polls – the Los Angeles Times, IBD/TIPP and Rasmussen Reports – consistently showed a much tighter race.

In a survey released just yesterday, most voters told us that the election would be decided on the controversies that surrounded the presidential candidates, not the issues.

Who created those controversies? Voters said the media, not the candidates, set the agenda in the presidential campaign  and that the media was more interested in controversy than in the issues.

Yet last month, 62% of voters said a candidate’s specific policy proposals are more important than their character.  Maybe that should have been the tip-off because when it comes to the issues, Trump has long had the advantage over Clinton, according to Rasmussen Reports polling.

Obamacare? Most voters have opposed it since Democrats in Congress passed it into law in March 2010. In a survey released just last week, voters overwhelmingly favor changes in the health care law, with more voters than ever calling for its outright repeal.

Illegal immigration? Clinton was a champion of amnesty and allowing even more illegal immigrants into the country, even though the majority of voters for years have said they want more secure borders and more deportations.

The economy? Only last month, 63% of voters said the U.S. economy is unfair to the middle class, a view most voters have held in surveys for the past several years.  Yet Clinton’s plans were a continuation of current economic policies.

Taxes and spending? Most voters have long called for lower taxes and less government; Clinton proposed increasing both.  Trump wants to cut taxes and government regulation.

Free trade? Voters are very skeptical, notably of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that Clinton helped negotiate. She said in recent months that she’s against it, but her own running mate, Tim Kaine, was caught telling TPP supporters privately she would reverse course as soon as she was elected.

National security? Clinton wouldn’t use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” for fear of offending Muslims, but most voters continue to believe we’re at war with it. Meanwhile, confidence at home about America’s safety from terrorism remains near all-time lows.

War on police? Trump called for law and order; Clinton called for healing and rooting out racist police officers. When cities erupted in violence over police shootings, voters weren’t all that sympathetic: They thought Clinton was on the side of the protestors, while Trump was on the side of the police.  But only 14% of Americans think most deaths that involve the police are the fault of the policeman.  More than ever (72%) rate the performance of the police in the area where they live as good or excellent.//


Lauran said...

Another example of history repeating itself--in his memoirs, US Grant mentioned how the New York Times often published fictitious reports of Confederate victories in order to undermine the North and assault the morale of the Northern soldiers.

Peter Bradley said...

Interesting, Lauren.

Do you have a citation?

Lauran said...

I’ll dig out the memoir and page number and post after I find it.

Who links to me?