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Voters Say Media, Not Candidates, Setting Agenda For 2016 Election

A majority of voters believe the media are in the driver’s seat this presidential election season.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the national media are setting the agenda for this year’s presidential race. Just 13% believe Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is setting the election agenda, while 15% say that of Republican candidate Donald Trump. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 25 and 28, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 25 and 28, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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