The Battle for Public Opinion: The President, the Press, and the Polls during Watergate

By Gladys Engel Lang; Kurt Lang | Go to book overview

APPENDIX

TABLE 1 Network Television Coverage of Watergate During the 1972 Presidential Campaign
ABC CBS NBC
Total Time (in minutes)
7-week perioda 42.26 71.09 41.21
11-week periodb 77.60 140.60 88.10
Mean Time per Newscast (in minutes)c
7-week perioda 1.15 2.00 1.15
11-week periodb 1.20 1.45 1.10
Proportion of Political News (in percent)d
of political newstime (11 wks.)b 15 21 17
of political items (7 wks.)e 7 10 11
of political items (11 wks.)b 17 19 20
aSource: Diamond, The Tin Kazoo.
bSource: Lichty, "Network News Reporting."
cRounded to nearest 5 seconds
dExact definitions vary slightly but all exclude human interest stories, weather, sports, and similar items.
eSource: Patterson and McClure, The Unseeing Eye.

TABLE 2 Attitudes Toward the Tapes
% Wanting Tapes
Handed Over
% Satisfied With
Explanations
Approving Nixon's handling of job 18 59
Republicans 27 48
Conservatives 35 46
Disapproving Nixon's handling of job 75 9
Democrats 63 17
Liberals 66 16
Source: Opinion Research Corporation, August 18-20, 1973, survey.

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