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Pew Surveys Religion Coverage

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Pew Surveys Religion Coverage

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The latest survey from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Washington, D.C., focuses on religion, but includes questions about media coverage of religious people and the media's influence on people's thinking.

The survey posed two separate questions about media coverage, with one question posed to about half of the respondents and the other question to the rest.

One question asked was whether people thought the media, who are often accused of a bias against certain people, were fair in their treatment of fundamentalist Christians, or if the media made them look better or worse than they actually, are.

Thirty-six percent of respondents said the media made fundamentalist Christians look worse, 29% said coverage was fair, 18% thought it made them look better, and 17% didn't know or refused to answer.

The other question was phrased similarly, but substituted the words "very religious people" for "fundamentalist Christians."

The results were nearly the same 35% said coverage made very religious people appear worse, 29% said it was fair, 19% said they thought it made them look better, and 17% again said they didn't know or refused to answer. …

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