Media bias?

YouGov have done some polling on how various groups in society are portrayed in the British media.  It turns out that we think that young people are the most distorted; with 46% saying they think that as a group young people get an unfair portrayal.

They also asked about whether Conservative supporters and Labour supporters get fair representation and it’s this aspect that I’ve focused on in the slides below.

Clearly there are going to be a couple of big variables in there; if you’re a Tory reading the Guardian you might not feel as sure about the fairness of the portrayal as if you stick to the Telegraph.

But in essence Conservative supporters seem much surer that Labour supporters are being portrayed fairly (51%), than they are of their own portrayal (39%).  Which is interesting given the number of Conservative supporting media outlets there are out there.

Maybe Conservatives have bought the liberal media bias meme that has been so much a part of right wing American political discourse in the last decade.

YouGov don’t seem to have asked about how the Lib Dems supporters are portrayed.  I wonder why?


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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