Survey Date: 
March 2024

AllSides conducted research into the perceived bias of CNN, Insider, Newsweek, The New York Times, and USA Today in March 2024.

During an AllSides Blind Bias Survey, participants from all sides of the political spectrum are asked to rate the content of a media outlet blindly, so they are not influenced by preconceived notions of a brand's bias. Sign up to take part in the next survey.

Survey Results

Newsweek Rated Center

Newsweek's bias was rated Center. (-0.51)


CNN Rated Center

CNN's bias was rated Lean Left. (-1.61)


New York Times Rated Center

The New York Times' bias was rated Center. (-0.02)


Insider Rated Center

Insider's bias was rated Center. (0.67)


USA Today Rated Lean Right

USA Todays's bias was rated Lean Right. (1.10)

About The Survey

A total of 1,313 people across the political spectrum took the survey. Each survey participant was asked to self-report their personal political bias – 186 participants with a self-reported Left bias; 363 with a Lean Left bias; 307 with a Center bias; 339 with a Lean Right bias, and 118 with a Right bias took the survey. These responses were normalized so that unequal sizes of these groups would not skew the final results in favor of one bias group over another.

Results are not assessed by majority rule; we calculate pluralities and averages, both within respondent groups and across all respondent groups, to arrive at final determinations. 

For this survey, AllSides collected 10 pieces of content from media outlets: top headlines taken on two different days at the same time of day, and top stories the outlet ran around two major national news stories. Stories and headlines were stripped of branding and any information that would allow participants to identify the outlet. Participants were asked to rate the bias of the source on a scale of Left, Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, and Right.

Results are represented on a scale of -9 to +9, with 0 representing dead Center, -9 representing Left and +9 representing Right:

Left: -9.00 to -3.00
Lean Left: -2.99 to -1.00
Center: -0.99 to +0.99
Lean Right: +1.00 to +2.99
Right: +3.00 to +9.00

Note About Blind Bias Surveys

Blind surveys are robust, but do have limitations. They alone do not always determine our ratings. These surveys ask respondents to assess a relatively small snapshot of the source's content in time. The surveys don't include photos, content published over a long period of time, or other crucial elements for determining bias. Therefore, we often use blind survey data in conjunction with other methods to arrive at a final bias rating, such as Editorial Reviews, third party data and independent reviews by AllSides reviewers.

AllSides uses multiple methods for calculating media bias ratings.

Our Blind Bias Survey, described in the graphic below, represents one of our most robust media bias rating methods, but it is not the only method we use. A source might openly share its bias, or it may be determined by third party research, an independent review, or an Editorial Review. Take a look at the multiple methods AllSides uses to measure and rate media bias.