Poll: Media Provide Biased Coverage of Migrants' Crimes

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According to Sputnik.Polls, over two-thirds of participants in Germany (68%) and France (67%) and almost half of those in Great Britain (46%) believe their media and governments provide biased information about migrant crime. This comes as a result of a survey conducted by Populus and Ifop for Sputnik news agency and radio.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik Press-Office) — Poll participants in France demonstrate even less trust in their government and media: in all, 17 percent believe they receive objective information about crimes which may be committed by migrants. In Germany, the situation is almost as bad with the figure reaching 25 percent whilst in Britain, there is more reliance on the media with 36 percent maintaining their faith in it.

Respondents in France said they have less trust in their government and media: in all, 17 percent of respondents think they receive objective information about crimes which might be committed by migrants. In Germany, a few more — 25 percent — people are willing to trust their media and government. In Britain, 36 percent of respondents trust this type of information about migrants.

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Media, Governments Provide Biased Information on Migrant Crimes

Furthermore, the Sputnik.Polls survey demonstrated that it is a topical issue in Europe, with only 7 percent of German participants, 16 percent of French and 18 percent in Britain had no opinion on the question.

The survey was conducted in Britain and Germany by Populus Ltd., a leading British polling company, on February 3 and 4, 2016. The survey involved 3,556 respondents (1,047 in Britain and 1,010 in Germany). In France, the survey was held by IFop, a leading French polling company, from February 3 through 5, 2016 and involved 1,499 respondents. The sample is representative of the country's population with respect to gender, age, geography and occupation.

About the Sputnik.Polls Project

The international public opinion project was inaugurated in January 2015, in partnership with the leading research companies such as Populus, Ifop and Forsa. The project organizes regular surveys in the United States and Europe on the most sensitive social and political issues.

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