Threat to press not register with most voters

A study by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, September 5, 2018 revealed that 52 percent of voters do not see any risk for press freedom in the U.S. Only 38 percent of Democrats said there was no threat with 66 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Independents saw little or no threat. Ninety-five percent of voters backed a strong press. The report made suggestions for six steps the news media could take to keep support for the press strong and to broaden public support.

The study was funded by the Democracy Fund and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Echelon Insights, three results of the study gaining importance with the murder of four journalists and a sales assistant at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland last June. (National Freedom of Information Coalition, September 6, 2018)

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