Media Coverage of Political Figures Private Lives

May 31, 2010

If answered “in some circumstances” –

Q. Is it appropriate for the media to reveal details of a political figure’s private life in any of the following circumstances?

  Yes No Don’t know
Where there is a public interest due to impact on the politician’s work or taxpayers’ resources 92% 5% 3%
Where the politician has acted in a way clearly at odds with their publicly expressed views 88% 8% 4%
Where a politician’s personal choices are unusual or not considered mainstream 20% 67% 14%

Sample = 457

The majority of those who approved revealing details in some circumstances agreed that details could be revealed where there is a public interest due to impact on the politician’s work or taxpayers’ resources (92%) or where the politician has acted in a way clearly at odds with their publicly expressed views (88%). However, revealing details where a politician’s personal choices are unusual or not considered mainstream was only acceptable to 20%.

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