Most Americans believe the military should increase its control over reporting of the Persian Gulf war, according to a new poll.
The Times Mirror Center for The People & The Press asked people whether they thought the military should exert more control over how news groups report about the conflict.Fifty-seven percent said yes, 34 percent said the decisions should be left to the news organizations and 9 percent said they didn't know.
The poll, released Wednesday, was conducted Jan. 25-27 by telephone among 924 adults. Princeton Survey Research Associates, which directed the poll, said it was subject to a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Asked whether they believed the military was hiding bad news, 78 percent said they did not. Similarly, 72 percent believed news organizations were trying to give an objective picture of the conflict. Sixty-one percent said the coverage has been accurate for the most part.