Two-thirds of Canadians on the right side of the political spectrum believe that the media does not provide fair coverage: Survey


According to a recent survey, two-thirds of Canadians on the right side of the political spectrum say that most articles in the news unfairly cover their beliefs, but to the left of that range. Less than a quarter of Canadians say they are the same.

Studies show that two-thirds of Canadians on the right do not trust most articles in the news, but only one-fifth of Canadians on the left say the same.

InvestigationPublished by the Angus Lead Institute (ARI) on June 9, sought the views of 4,000 Canadian adults over nine questions representing competing perspectives on social values, the media, and the judicial system.

Public opinion think tanks have created the Canada Value Index (CVI) to score respondents for their opinions across these questions and categorize them into four groups of approximately the same size across a progressive and conservative spectrum. Did: Left (27% of sample), Center-Left (25%), Center Right (24%), and Right (23%).

“The general criticism of the news media is whether the news media fairly represents all segments of the population,” ARI said. “We find that centre-rights and centre-rights are very likely to say that the story they are interested in is not told and is not represented.”

Two in five Canadians (39%) generally believe that the media is unfairly reporting their political beliefs, but two-thirds (67%) of the right segment. States that the Canadian media is unfairly presenting their political beliefs. The same is true for the group on the right in the center. In contrast, only 29% on the left and 23% on the left say so.

Regarding media trust issues, two-thirds (67%) of the right segment say they don’t trust most of the articles reported by the Canadian media. One-third (20%) of the left segment is the same. For centre-rights, 41% say they don’t trust the media, and 33% of centre-lefts say so.

Overall, more than one-third (39%) of Canadians make up a significant proportion, and most news articles say they are unreliable. This rises to 47% among young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 34. Women over the age of 54 have the highest confidence in the Canadian media, with 74% believing that the press is well presented with the facts.

Expectations from the report

Investigations also found that Canadians have considerable doubts about their compatriots’ ability to identify facts from fiction. Nine out of ten (91%) say they are worried about other people in countries that do not have this ability in an increasingly online environment.

In particular, according to a survey, 7 in 10 (70%) of Canadians say that facts are indisputable, realistic and established ideas and concepts, while the rest say the facts are. We believe that it is subjective and therefore realistic for one person and unrealistic for another.

When asked what to expect from news coverage, the majority of respondents (84%) said articles on social and political issues should reflect different perspectives, and news media should be viewers. Should let you decide what is true. On the other hand, only 7% said the press should make their own judgment and assert the views they believe are more beneficial to the viewer.

“Canada is made up of a myriad of perspectives, and 84% of Canadians say the news media reflects different views and it’s up to the viewer to decide what’s worth it. “The survey states.

“Perhaps the serious lack of trust among Canadians is due to the gap between expectations of what the news should be and how they see the news reported to them.”

ARI said this view of the role of news media is “nearly uniform” across the CVI group. The percentage of those who think that the media should provide competing views rather than convey their judgment is from 4 out of 5 (82%) to 9 out of 10 on the left, centre-left, and centre-right. It is in the range of people (88%). Although it is in the right segment.

Think tanks also said the survey would help depict how Canadian values ​​change over the next five years. Comparing this latest survey with the 2016 survey, ARI states that “it is clear that significant changes have occurred.”

Examples can be found in other questions, such as an increasing proportion of Canadians who prefer “more public support for disadvantaged people.” This increased from 51% in 2016 to 57% in 2022. Percentage of Canadians who prefer the system On the other hand, “rewarding hard work and initiatives” dropped from 49% in 2016 to 43% this year.

The ARI survey was conducted online from November 8th to 15th, 2021 on a representative randomized sample of 4,000 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Lead Forum. The survey has an error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, 19 out of 20.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.