Most Americans appear unimpressed by the media’s performance as government watchdog in the first year of the Obama administration. A third say the media have done an “excellent” or “good” job of filling this important role of a free press, 37% say their performance has been “fair,” and 27% rate it “poor.”
This finding comes from a Gallup survey sponsored by the nonpartisan First Amendment Center, conducted Jan. 20-21, 2010.
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The plurality of Americans (43%) say the news media’s performance as watchdog under Obama is on par with how it did during previous administrations; however, by 31% to 21% the remainder tilt toward believing the media has done a worse, rather than better, job under Obama.
Read More: by Lydia Saad, Gallup