MAJORITY BELIEVES MEDIA COVER EVENTS WITH NEGATIVE OUTLOOK Series: POST-DISPATCH SHOW-ME POLL Public Policies Part 6 of 7 Sidebar Story

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A sizable percentage of people responding to The Post-Dispatch Show-Me Poll feel the media are too negative in their coverage of events.

More than half found crime coverage too negative, and almost half said that coverage of economic issues and politics was too negative. A third said the media were too negative in coverage of international stories. In each of the categories, less than 10 percent said the media took too positive of an approach. With crime news, only 5 percent viewed coverage as too positive. From 30 to 40 percent, depending on the category, said that coverage was balanced, or about right.

The questions did not differentiate among the various media in each medium's coverage. But those questioned were asked whether they felt television and newspapers were to blame for any moral decline in this country. Television got hit much harder than newspapers. Sixty-six percent said that television was very much to blame for any moral decline; for newspapers, the figure was 10 percent. Another 26 percent said television was somewhat to blame, and 48 percent said newspapers were somewhat to blame. …