British Media Accused Of Ed Miliband Low Rating Conspiracy-
A vast majority of British population is holding the notion that Labour Leader, Ed Miliband is being treated negatively by the British press, and serving mind set of other favored candidates representing other parties.
According to YouGov poll, nearly two-thirds of the general public do not think newspapers’ approach to issues particularly relating political matters carry objectivity as their banner.
It has also been revealed that there has been no any visible improvement in media attitude since a major enquiry mirrored media activities in Leveson inquiry, which investigated the attitude, approach, operating culture, practices and ethics of British Press.
According the poll, more than half of the UK population hold the opinion that newspapers approach matters concerning opposition leader, Ed Miliband negatively, according to a report submission of YouGov poll which was commissioned by campaign group Hacked Off.
In the poll, only 17% held that the coverage of opposition leader, Miliband was positive, compared with 36% who said Prime Minister David Cameron is being covered positively.
Also, 21% said coverage of Miliband was neutral and a rising 28% when asked about Cameron.
About three-quarters of those who responded to the polls said coverage of Miliband was negative because of obvious dislike of his personality and characteristics was one cause, with almost half claiming dislike of Labour while 36% said the positive report drop was due to the party’s policies.
Miliband has been consistently targeted by rightwing newspapers, which have criticized both his suitability to be prime minister and his policies on issues including benefits, taxation and the EU.
However, a third of those surveyed said the Labour leader’s criticism of the press and calls for tougher regulation also contributed to hostility towards him.
Despite that criticism, nearly a quarter of those surveyed said Ed Miliband’s stance on press regulation had made them respect him more, rising to 42% among those who intend to vote Labour.
According to the poll, almost two-thirds of the public do not think the behaviour of the press has improved since the Leveson inquiry.
A quarter said press behaviour had improved, but nearly the same proportion said behaviour had got worse.
The study also found that three-fifths lack confidence in a system of self-regulation set up by newspapers, which currently takes the form of Ipso, and 59% of those surveyed support tougher regulation of the press.
The study found support for tougher regulation even among the readers of newspapers that have been most opposed to stronger measures.
More than half of Daily Mail readers and two-fifths of Sun readers said they want tougher press regulation, while just one in five Mail readers and a quarter of Sun readers back self-regulation of the press.
Hacked Off associate director Evan Harris said: “This poll shows that the views of national newspapers on press regulation are dramatically out of line with the views of their readerships. Even the readers of Murdoch papers want tougher regulation. Most of the public see no difference between Ipso and what went before.”
Readers of both the Guardian and the Independent were even more likely to support tougher regulation, but the size of the samples of each paper’s readership means there is a higher margin for error. Total number of people surveyed was 1717.
In a scenario of signals that perceptions of the press may be having an impact on readership, those who said they did not read a paper were more likely to say behaviour had got worse, support tougher regulation and lack confidence in the current system of self-regulation.
Source: The Guardian