Poll: Voters don't trust media fact-checkers

Poll: Voters don't trust media fact-checkers

A solid majority of voters believe news organizations play favorites when it comes to fact-checking the statements of candidates, according to a poll released Friday.


A survey of likely voters by Rasmussen Reports shows just 29 percent trust media fact-checking of candidates, while 62 percent believe news organizations twist the facts to help candidates whom they appear to support.

Of voters who back Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE's presidential bid, the mistrust in fact-checkers skyrockets: 88 percent of the Republican nominee's backers feel media organizations skew the facts.

However, 59 percent of those backing Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE trust fact-checking by news organizations.

A majority of supporters of Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonThird-party voters made it difficult to predict 2016, says pollster A Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too Clinton would beat Trump in landslide in 2016 re-run, says Hill.TV poll MORE and Green Party nominee Jill Stein also don't trust media fact-checkers.

The poll comes after CNN recently came under fire for its decision to apply fact-checking chyrons, or on-screen graphics, to Trump's statements but never to Clinton’s.

CNN media reporter and "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter defended CNN's decision to only fact-check Trump, saying in a recent PBS forum with the Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro that chyrons can't be applied for Clinton's falsehoods because they “may be more complicated, maybe more nuanced, may take a lot more explanation versus some of what Trump has said.”

Rasmussen's national survey was conducted using 1,000 likely voters who were contacted by telephone and online. Its margin of error is 3 points.