June 26, 2005

Public More Critical of Press, But Goodwill Persists

About the Survey

Results for this survey are based on telephone interviews conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International among a nationwide sample of 1,464 adults, 18 years of age or older, from June 8-12, 2005. For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 3 percentage points. For results based on Form 1 (N=726) or Form 2 (N=738) only, the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

A subsample of respondents was recontacted June 21-22 with open-ended follow-up questions about what they like most about the news sources they expressed favorable opinions about.

In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.