Harris Poll: 65% Say TV, Radio Talk Shows Have Too Much Power Over Washington
May 30, 2012 at 5:31 AM (PT)
A HARRIS POLL asking respondents who they think is too powerful and wields too much influence on Congress or the WHITE HOUSE shows the news media named by 73% as having too much power, but the percentage has declined from 1994, when 79% said that the news media have too much power.
However, TV and radio talk shows were cited as being too powerful by 65%, a 14-point increase from 1994.
Among other results, 88% say PACS have too much power, with 86% citing big companies (but only 10% citing small business) and 85% naming lobbyists; 81% said banks and financial institutions were too influential, 67% named entertainment and sports celebrities, 62% cited trial lawyers, trade associations were cited by 57%, and 56% said labor unions are too influential.