The Economist has a Lean Left media bias.
As of August 2018, 608 AllSides readers agreed with this media bias rating, while 1,302 disagreed. Of those who disagreed, the average said The Economist has a Center media bias. Because people are inherently biased themselves, AllSides analyzes these community feedback results to look for warnings that our current media bias ratings may be off. In the case of The Economist, the number of community members who disagree may trigger AllSides to look closer at this source.
In September 2013, The Economist published an article explaining whether or not it is left- or right- wing. The publication said it is "neither. We consider ourselves to be in the "radical centre."
The article continues:
"The Economist was founded in 1843 by James Wilson, a British businessman who objected to heavy import duties on foreign corn. Mr Wilson and his friends in the Anti-Corn Law League were classical liberals in the tradition of Adam Smith and, later, the likes of John Stuart Mill and William Ewart Gladstone. This intellectual ancestry has guided the newspaper’s instincts ever since: it opposes all undue curtailment of an individual’s economic or personal freedom. But like its founders, it is not dogmatic. Where there is a liberal case for government to do something, The Economist will air it. Early in its life, its writers were keen supporters of the income tax, for example. Since then it has backed causes like universal health care and gun control. But its starting point is that government should only remove power and wealth from individuals when it has an excellent reason to do so."
According to the 2014 Pew Research Study, Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum, the majority of The Economist readers hold political values to the left-of-center. Seventeen percent of The Economist's audience is conservative (compared with 26% of all respondents to the survey).
About The Economist
The Economist online offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology. The online version includes all articles from The Economist print edition (including those printed only in British copies). The site has a searchable online archive that dates back to June 1997. They also offer a variety of web-only content, including blogs, debates and audio/video programs.
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