Voters say debate moderators, like most mainstream media reporters, are will try to help Hillary Clinton top Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential debates.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that a plurality (46%) of likely voters think most moderators will try to help Mrs. Clinton in the upcoming debates. Only six percent (6%) think they will try to help Mr. Trump, while just 32% say most of the moderators will try to be unbiased and 15% were undecided.
Not surprisingly, the results are driven by partisans and each candidate’s supporters’ views. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of likely voters voters who back Mr. Trump think the moderators will try to help Mrs. Clinton, while most of her supporters (56%) say the moderators will be unbiased. Still, even among Mrs. Clinton’s supporters, one-fifth (20%) say the moderators will try to help their candidate, while just 12% think they will try to help Mr. Trump.
That’s significant when considering Democrats by a 47% to 30% margin in 2012 felt they were not biased.
By comparison, only two percent (2%) of Mr. Trump’s supporters agree.
Another new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that only 20% of likely voters think that most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage during the presidential election. On the other hand, the vast majority, in fact a supermajority (69%), say reporters try to help the candidate they want to win. Only eleven percent (11%) are not sure.