Survey: Democrat, Leftist Media Viewers Are Misinformed About Crime in America
By Movieguide® Staff
A survey of American viewers of Democrat, Republican, leftist, and conservative media outlets finds that viewers of leftist media are misinformed about American crime stats.
For example, fewer than 50 unarmed black suspects are killed by police each year, but 50% of Likely U.S. Voters who say CNN or MSNBC is their favorite cable news outlets believe that police kill more than 100 unarmed black suspects annually. Only 22% of Republican, conservative viewers of Fox News believe police kill more than 100 unarmed black suspects each year.
Also, 43% of CNN viewers and 40% of MSNBC viewers believe rifles are used in more than 500 homicides annually, compared to just 19% of Fox News viewers. In reality, fewer than 500 people are killed by rifles annually while about 1,500 homicides in the U.S. are committed with knives.
In addition, President Biden’s strongest supporters were much more likely to get crime stats wrong than those who strongly oppose Biden, 20% compared to only 5%.
The survey of 2,000 Likely Voters was conducted April 23 to May 3, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute.