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Degree to which news media reflects public diversity in the U.S. 2020, by ethnicity

Americans have different views on how well the news media reflects the diversity of the population, a recent study found. Overall Americans were dissatisfied with the representation, with 39 percent of those surveyed responding that the performance is poor. However, Black respondents were the most positive when compared to other ethnic groups, with 31 percent stating that the media performs very well when reflecting public diversity. Adults of Hispanic ethnicity were found to be the most critical, with 40 percent unsatisfied with the portrayal of diversity in the media.

Perception of performance of the news media reflecting diversity of the population in the United States as of February 2020, by ethnicity

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Release date

June 2020


United States

Survey time period

November 8 2019 to February 16, 2020

Number of respondents

20,000 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Question: How is the news media performing in reflecting the diversity of the U.S. population?

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