Ten of 12 top news outlets preferred by college students have left-leaning bias, survey finds

  • A new survey found that 10 out of the top 12 preferred news outlets for college students have a left-leaning bias.
  • Only one news outlet chosen by college students is considered right-leaning.

A new survey found that college students prefer mostly news outlets with left-leaning biases.

The College Pulse conducted a survey of 1,500 undergraduate students and asked the question, “If you had to choose a single news source for information about politics and current events, which would you choose?”

"The influence of liberal bias is full circle."   

The New York Times and NPR won the plurality of responses, each with 16 percent of the total vote. 

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Additionally, 13 percent of students said Fox News, 11 percent said CNN, and seven percent said ABC News. The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and NBC News each received five percent of total responses. Rounding out the group was MSNBC, CBS News, and US News & World Report, each receiving three percent of votes, and Buzzfeed, receiving just two percent of votes. 

Out of these 12 news outlets, 10 have a left-leaning bias, according to AllSides Media Bias Ratings. The Wall Street Journal, one of the two outliers, was rated as having a centrist point of view. Fox News, which was preferred by 13 percent of total respondents, was the lone conservative-leaning news outlet chosen by students participating in the survey.

College Pulse also found a stark divide in news preferences by political party. Republican college students chose Fox News (53 percent) as their top news source, while Democrat college students sided with NPR (22 percent), The New York Times (18 percent), and CNN (18 percent), all outlets that tend to have a liberal point of view, according to AllSides.

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“The influence of liberal bias is full circle,” Joel Valdez, a former student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who was invited to the White House to witness President Donald Trump's signing of a campus free speech executive order, told Campus Reform

“It starts with the mainstream media and their dishonest reporting," Valdez added. "It’s then picked up by leftist academics that force their opinions in the classroom every day, creating foot soldiers for the Democratic Party."

The survey also found that more college students get their news from social media (27 percent) than print newspapers (six percent) and television (15 percent) combined.

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Ethan Cai | New Hampshire Campus Correspondent

Ethan Cai is a New Hampshire Campus Correspondent and reports on liberal bias and abuse. He is a Freshman at Dartmouth College studying Quantitative Government Analysis with a minor in Economics.

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