In the polls


Geraldine Sealey
June 9, 2004 8:30PM (UTC)

In Michigan, Kerry maintains a teensy-weensy lead over Bush. The numbers are exactly the same as in the March poll.

Kerry: 47 percent
Bush: 45 percent

Both Bush and Kerry have 46 percent in a Rasmussen Reports Florida poll.

The latest Battleground poll conducted by John Zogby for the Wall Street Journal has Kerry's lead in the Electoral College down to 296-242 from 320-218 two weeks ago. Most of the change comes from Ohio and Missouri, Zogby says, which are now in the red column. Iowa and West Virginia have changed to blue in the last two weeks, Zogby says.

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A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press shows that watching TV, especially cable news, has become a more partisan experience, with Fox News benefiting more than other outlets. "The expanding audience for the Fox News Channel stands out. Since 2000, the number of Americans who regularly watch Fox News has increased by nearly half from 17 percent to 25 percent while audiences for other cable outlets have been flat at best."

Public opinion on media credibility is also divided along ideological lines: "Republicans have become more distrustful of virtually all major media outlets over the past four years, while Democratic evaluations of the news media have been mostly unchanged."

No surprise here: Audiences for Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly remain overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. By contrast, audiences for some other news sources notably NPR, the NewsHour, and magazines like the New Yorker, the Atlantic and Harper's tilt liberal and Democratic, but not nearly to the same degree.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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