Politico's media bias rating is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
Politico has a Lean Left AllSides Media Bias Rating™.
Politico displays a Lean Left bias primarily through an overall tilt in coverage that focuses more on issues of importance to people on the political left. In other cases, it's harder to identify Politico's bias or political leaning, such as when it has covered negative angles about President Joe Biden that other Lean Left-rated sources did not.
As of November 2020, our audience agreed with Politico's Lean Left bias rating, according to an AllSides Blind Bias Survey in which the average rating for Politico across all respondents was Lean Left.
Table of Contents
- Nov. 2020 Blind Survey Affirms Lean Left Rating
- Feb. 2018: AllSides Moves Politico's Bias Rating from Center to Lean Left
- Community Feedback as of July 2016
- March 2013 Blind Bias Survey
- Third Party Claims of Bias
- Pew: Politico Audience Makeup as of 2014
- About Politico
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
Nov. 2020 Blind Survey Affirms Lean Left Rating
After analyzing the results of our November 2020 Blind Bias Survey, in which 2,285 people across the political spectrum blindly rated Politico’s content, AllSides found our Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Left for Politico was affirmed.
The results signified near universal agreement of Politico’s bias on average. The average rating for Politico across all respondents was a firm Lean Left. The average rating for Politico from each bias group — people who identified themselves as Left, Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, or Right — was also Lean Left.
A plurality of respondents across all bias groups rated Politico as Lean Left. The second most common response across all groups was Left — except for people who rated their own bias as Left. For this group, the second most common response for Politico was Center.
Feb. 2018: AllSides Moves Politico's Bias Rating from Center to Lean Left
On February 1, 2018, after analyzing results from an AllSides Blind Bias Survey and conducting an Editorial Review, Politico's Media Bias Rating™ moved from Center to Lean Left.
Previous AllSides blind bias surveys on Politico brought back a Center rating, though close to Lean Left. However, our 2017 Blind Bias Survey results came back as a solid Lean Left. The AllSides community provided feedback and the majority agreed that Politico had a Lean Left rating. Our team also conducted an Editorial Review and found Politico's articles demonstrated a consistent Lean Left bias.
Community Feedback as of July 2016
As of July 2016, over half of the 6,000 AllSides users who voted disagreed with our rating of Center, and those who disagreed had an average rating of Center, though close to Lean Left.
March 2013 Blind Bias Survey
A March 2013 Blind Bias Survey of Politico's headlines produced results closer to Lean Right, though not far from Center.
Third-Party Claims of Bias
Rightwing sites The Daily Caller and Breitbart each published stories in 2011 and 2012, respectively, claiming that Politico has a liberal bias in its news coverage.
Media Bias/Fact Check rates Politico as "least biased" and "high" for factual reporting.
Pew: Politico Audience Makeup as of 2014
According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, "Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum," "Just 16% of the Politico audience has mixed ideological views, compared with 36% of all Web users. Consistent conservatives are represented in Politico's audience on par with their proportion among all respondents, while consistent liberals are overrepresented."
Politico is a political journal that focuses on United States and international politics and policy. It was founded in January of 2007, and is based in Arlington, Virginia. John F. Harris and Jim VandHei both left their jobs at The Washington Post to work for Politico as editor-in-chief and executive editor.
According to its website, "POLITICO strives to be the dominant source for politics and policy in power centers across every continent where access to reliable information, non-partisan journalism and real-time tools creates, informs and engages a global citizenry."
"Mr. Döpfner said he expects Politico and Axel Springer’s other U.S. titles will embody his vision of unbiased, nonpartisan reporting, versus activist journalism, which, he said, is enhancing societal polarization in the U.S. and elsewhere."
Funding, Financing and Ownership
Note: Funding and ownership is not taken into account when determining AllSides Media Bias Ratings. While it's true ownership and financial interests can affect what goes to print, our bias ratings are determined by assessing the bias of content only. We provide financial and ownership information as an FYI to our readers.
German conglomerate Axel Springer SE struck a $1 billion deal to acquire Politico in Aug. 2021. In Oct. 2021, Axel Springer Chief Executive Mathias Döpfner said in an interview with Wall Street Journal "he expects Politico staffers to adhere to Axel Springer-wide guiding principles that have raised controversy at times at its German properties—though they won’t be required to sign a written commitment to the principles like employees in Germany. The principles include support for a united Europe, Israel’s right to exist and a free-market economy, among others. ... Mr. Döpfner said he expects Politico and Axel Springer’s other U.S. titles will embody his vision of unbiased, nonpartisan reporting, versus activist journalism, which, he said, is enhancing societal polarization in the U.S. and elsewhere."
Financing and ownership information last updated February 22, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.