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Pew Report Finds 63% of Black Americans Say News Coverage About Black People is Often More Negative

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 26, 2023 – Courtesy of Pew) – A new Pew Research Center report finds that 63% of Black Americans say news coverage about Black people is often more negative than news about other racial and ethnic groups. While few are optimistic that will change in the foreseeable future, many see ways in which that coverage could be improved. And one factor consistently stands out – making sure that all journalists are informed about the issues affecting Black people.

This multi-method report, which is based on a survey of 4,742 U.S. Black adults conducted from Feb. 22 to March 5, 2023, and nine online focus groups of Black Americans facilitated between July and August 2022, has additional findings about:

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 4,742 respondents is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.


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