Poll finds people don't like concentrating media ownership%)

Washington-AP -- The more Americans learn about the changes in rules governing media ownership, the less they like it.

A new poll finds increasing concern about independence since the government decided to let companies own more media outlets in a single market.Fifty percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center say letting companies own more broadcast and newspaper operations in the same city will have a negative effect. Only ten percent say it will have a positive effect.Andrew Kohut, director of the center, says these concerns probably relate to public suspicions about corporate power.The public has mixed feelings about objectivity. A majority of people say they want to see neutral reporting. But 70 percent also say they want coverage to have "a strong pro-American point of view."

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