Comparing RCP's Opinion Poll Of Biden's First 100 Days With Media Coverage

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RealClear Opinion Research recently released a look at public opinion around Biden's First 100 Days. How have some of the key topics been covered on television news?

Mentions of the words "bipartisan" and "bipartisanship" show a sharp rise in November 2016 with Trump's election to around double its previous levels and it has risen sharply with Biden's election.

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Mentions of higher education have been relatively stable on Fox News over the past decade, but CNN and MSNBC sharply pivoted away during the Trump administration and pivoted back during the pandemic. Though, since Biden's inauguration, all three have shifted away.

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Mentions of health insurance have been relatively stable since January 2019, with no large increase during the pandemic.

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Mentions of the Paris Agreement have increased dramatically since Biden's election last year.

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Mentions of climate change more broadly increased sharply at the end of 2018, faded away with the pandemic and came roaring back from July 2020.

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Mentions of the Keystone pipeline have soared on Fox News in January and February 2021, but dropped sharply in March, while CNN and MSNBC have barely mentioned it.

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Mentions of law enforcement soared last year during the George Floyd protests. On Fox News and CNN mentions are just above their monthly median for the decade, while on MSNBC they have risen to around twice their decade median.

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Mentions of racism have increased across all three channels since mid-2013 and have increased sharply since the start of the year.

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Mentions of the so-called "Dreamers" has increased by just a dozen or so extra mentions per month since Biden's inauguration, despite the broader increase in coverage in immigration.

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Mentions of the word "democracy" increased sharply from October 2016 and again in the second half of 2020, but sharply decreased in February 2021.

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Mentions of the "economy" have trended steadily downward since July 2020 and have not substantially increased since Biden's inauguration.

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Mentions of education rose sharply with the pandemic and again in July 2020. Since Biden's inauguration mentions have increased on all three channels, but CNN and MSNBC remain at or below their 2009-2013 levels, while Fox News is at its second-highest level of the past decade. Mentions soared in the days after Biden's inauguration, as did mentions of children in general.

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Mentions of "stimulus" have dropped to just a few mentions a day since March 17, 2021, just a few days after the bill passed, illustrating the media's short attention span and demonstrating that even trillions of dollars spending is quickly forgotten by the media cycle.

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Mentions of "price" and "expensive" increased sharply with Trump's election but began to fall sharply from April 2020 and have remained level since.

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Mentions of the word "president" more than doubled after Trump's election but have fallen sharply since Biden's inauguration.

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Mentions of taxation have remained steady since February 2018.

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Mentions of "reopening" increased sharply since Biden's inauguration but remain far below levels from last year.

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Mentions of "student loans" increased sharply in March 2019 but have remained at around the same levels ever since, with no increase since Biden's election.

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Mentions of "democrat" or "democrats" soared since Trump's election, but there has been no major increase since Biden's. Mentions of "Republicans" increased sharply with the George Floyd protests last year, peaking in January 2021 and have fallen steadily since. Mentions of both parties combined increased sharply on CNN and Fox News since Trump's election, while mentions on MSNBC have remained level. Looking more closely, it appears that mentions of Democrats have increased the most.

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Mentions of "progressives" soared starting in May 2018 and have remained elevated since, though this increase was largely a return to their 2009-2011 levels.

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Mentions of "unity" and "common ground" have soared since Biden's election, though they dropped sharply in February and March.

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Mentions of "debt" have remained steadily at historic lows since November 2013, though mentions of inflation have risen sharply since February.

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Much less emphasis is being put on Biden's "first 100 days" than was placed on Trump's.

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The concept of a "new deal" is not receiving increased coverage, but Fox News has covered the topic the most since it emerged in January 2019.

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Finally, is the country on the "right track?" Mentions of the phrase dropped sharply at the end of 2012 and have remained low ever since, with no increase since Biden's election.

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