New Numbers on the Media

The totalitarian index in the country seems to be around 20% these days, since that is the percentage of people who believe it should be illegal to criticize the government during a time of war, even if the criticism is true. From the Chicago Tribune (if you are not a member, you can also find the numbers on Polling Report:
"During a time of war, should the media be allowed 
to publish or broadcast news stories which suggest the 
war is not going well, or should they not be allowed to 
do so?"

              Allowed    Not Allowed    Don't Know
All             75           20             5
Republicans     68           28             5
Independents    76           18             6
Democrats       82           15             3

During a time of war, should the media be allowed to 
publish or broadcast editorials or opinion commentary 
critical of how the war is being handled, or should 
they not be allowed to do so?"

              Allowed    Not Allowed    Don't Know
All             76           20             4
Republicans     68           30             2
Independents    78           18             4
Democrats       84           13             2
I suppose it is a relief that only around 30% of Republicans are pro-totalitarian. A far higher number of Republicans are victims of the conspiracy of the liberal elite:
"Generally speaking, do you think the news media 
are mostly biased in favor of Republicans, mostly biased 
in favor of Democrats, or does the bias favor each party 
about the same?"

              Favor Repubs   Favor Dems    Each the Same   
Republicans       4             53              26     
Independents     11             14              42
Democrats        24              4              40
That a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats are convinced the media is biased toward to other side is not surprising, since complaining about the liberal media remains the number one topic of conservative blogs and talk shows. Apparently, however, the only people conservative pundits have convinced that the media is indeed liberal are fellow Republicans, as independents clearly do not believe the media is biased in favor of either party. Actually, it's quite funny that a majority of conservatives, who often complain about a culture of victimization, have become convinced that they themselves are victims of a biased media.

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