2007 Truth Poll Questions 24-37:
You and the News-Politics-World Affairs

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24. How do you get your news? Please rank most to least used.
1) Internet – random browsing 13%
2) Internet – check specific mainstream news sites daily/often 41%
3) Internet – blogs and alternative news sources 37%
4) Internet – news aggregator/newsfeed services 9%

25. Same question: How do you get your news? Rank most to least used.
1) Television 43%
2) Radio – broadcast 15%
3) Radio – Internet-based 28%
4) Print media (newspapers, magazines, etc.) 14%

26. Do you mostly pay attention to
1) Local/regional news 8%
2) National news 14%
3) International news 16%
4) A mix of all 62%

27. How much faith do you have that the U.S. mainstream media is reporting the most important stories, and reporting them accurately?
1) Much faith 0%
2) They get most of the big stories mostly right 0%
3) It's hit and miss 13%
4) They get most of the big stories mostly wrong 23%
5) Zero faith 64%

28. Next to each of these sources, please write H for high, M for medium, or L for low, according to how much you trust its accuracy. This question isn't about the type of stories they cover as much as how accurate they are about what they do cover. If you're not familiar with a source or don't have an opinion about it, leave it blank.

1) Air America Radio High 31%, Medium 41%, Low 28%
2) Alternet  29, 39, 32
3) BBC 19, 52, 29
4) CNN 13, 46, 41
5) Daily Kos 26, 43, 31
6) Democracy Now! 30, 39, 31
7) Drudge Report 14, 24, 62
8) The Economist 3, 11, 86
9) Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting 22, 56, 22
10) Fox News 2, 10, 88
11) Guardian UK 20, 31, 49
12) Huffington Report 18, 26, 56
13) informationclearinghouse.info 15, 35, 50
14) Little Green Footballs 1, 1, 98
15) Michelle Malkin 1, 0, 99
16) New York Times 3, 8, 89
17) National Public Radio 5, 46, 49
18) Bill O'Reilly 1, 1, 98
19) PBS 13, 36, 51
20) Prisonplanet/Infowars 14, 18, 68
21) Rense.com 11, 19, 70
22) Reuters 14, 29, 57
23) Talking Points Memo 27, 48, 25
24) Talkleft 25, 44, 31
25) Time Magazine 2, 5, 93
26) USA Today 5, 23, 72
27) U.S. News & World Report 6, 25, 69
28) Wall Street Journal 2, 9, 89


29. Which best describes your attitude towards U.S. foreign policy?

1) U.S. foreign policy is excellent 1%
2) More positive than negative 0%
3) Mixed feelings 9%
4) More negative than positive 9%
5) U.S. foreign policy is a disaster 86%


30. Which best describes your attitudes towards the current war in Iraq? (You can check more than one choice)

1) Spreading democracy by forcefully removing dictators like Hussein is a painful process but needs to be done 1%
2) I was in favor of invading Iraq but think a stronger coalition should have been built and the politicians should have listened to the generals 1%
3) I was in favor of invading Iraq but now regret that position 9%
4) I was opposed to invading Iraq because I didn't see it as the threat it was portrayed as 86%
5) The invasion of Iraq was illegal 75%
6) The invasion of Iraq was immoral 70%
7) The invasion of Iraq was a cynical grab for resources 78%


31. U.S. residents, which statement best describes your attitude towards U.S. domestic policy?

1) U.S. domestic policy is excellent 0%
2) More positive than negative 2%
3) Undecided 5%
4) More negative than positive 12%
5) U.S. domestic policy is a disaster 81%

32. U.S./Canada residents,are you politically

1) Far left of center (very liberal) 26%
2) Somewhat left of center 21%
3) Middle-of-the-road 7%
4) Somewhat right of center 5%
5) Far right of center (very conservative)  8%
7) Libertarian 27%
8) Anarchist 4%
9) Socialist 2%
10) Not political at all
Other:

33. U.S. residents, are you registered to vote?

1) No – not eligible 6%
2) No – don't believe in the system 7%
3) No – haven't gotten around to it, but I will 12%
4) Yes – Independent 29%
5) Yes – Democrat 40%
6) Yes– Republican 6%

34. U.S. residents, do you plan to vote in the next presidential election?

1) Yes 87%
2) No 8%
3) Not eligible 5%

35. For all: do you think the next U.S. presidential election will bring

1) More of the same. Until the de-facto two-party system goes away, the choice will be limited to the lesser of two evils 18%
2) A great improvement 55%
3) A mild improvement 25%
4) Things will get worse 2%

36. For all: if you could get rid of ONLY ONE Washington, D.C. political lobbying group (or category of groups), which would it be?

1) Pharmaceuticals
2) Insurance 1%
3) Oil 28%
4) Pro-Israel 19%
5) National Rifle Association (NRA)
6) American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
7) Conservative religious lobbies 12%
8) Tobacco
9) American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
10) Automotive industry
11) Media 8%
12) Aerospace & defense contractors 18%
13) Telecommunications 1%
14) Health care
15) Banking 13%
16) Other:

37. When you think about the future of the United States, are you

1) Optimistic 18%
2) Pessimistic 49%
3) Undecided 33%