Which issues do Americans think the national media gives too much and not enough attention to?

Taylor OrthSenior Survey Data Journalist
Carl BialikU.S. Politics Editor and Vice President of Data Science
April 17, 2023, 8:15 PM GMT+0

A new YouGov poll asked Americans whether the national media has recently focused too much or not enough on 30 issues. 

The 10 issues from the list of 30 that Americans are most likely to say the national media has focused "too much" on recently are:

  • Celebrities
  • Donald Trump's arrest and indictment
  • Transgender issues
  • COVID-19
  • Wokeness
  • Guns
  • Elon Musk and Twitter
  • Racism
  • Climate change
  • Police violence

The 10 issues from the list of 30 that Americans are most likely to say the national media has focused "not enough" on recently are:

  • Corruption
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Mental health
  • Inflation
  • Border security
  • The federal deficit
  • The effects of social media
  • Crime
  • Health care
  • Schools

Democrats and Republicans have different views on the issues focused on by the national media.

Issues Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say the national media has focused too much on

  • Hunter Biden
  • Voter fraud
  • Border security
  • The effects of social media
  • China and TikTok
  • Inflation
  • The federal deficit
  • Crime
  • Schools

Issues Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say the national media has focused too much on

  • Transgender issues
  • Climate change
  • Racism
  • Donald Trump's arrest and indictment
  • Guns
  • Police violence
  • COVID-19
  • Student debt
  • Joe Biden

Issues Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say the national media has not focused enough on

  • Climate change
  • Racism
  • Guns
  • Police violence
  • Health care
  • Student debt
  • Transgender issues
  • COVID-19
  • Donald Trump's arrest and indictment
  • Abortion

Issues Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say the national media has not focused enough on

  • Border security
  • Hunter Biden
  • Voter fraud
  • The federal deficit
  • Inflation
  • Crime
  • Joe Biden
  • China and TikTok
  • The effects of social media
  • Corruption

— Linley Sanders contributed to this article

See the results for this YouGov poll

Methodology: This poll was conducted online on April 6 - 9, 2023 among 1,000 U.S. adult citizens. Each respondent was asked about a randomly selected sample of 15 of the 30 topics. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by gender, age, race, education, geographic region, and voter registration) was selected from the 2019 American Community Survey. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, 2020 election turnout and presidential vote, baseline party identification, and current voter registration status. Demographic weighting targets come from the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the respondent’s most recent answer given prior to March 15, 2022, and is weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (33% Democratic, 28% Republican). The margin of error for the overall sample is approximately 3%.

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