FiveThirtyEight Bias and Reliability Overview

FiveThirtyEight is a website created by analyst Nate Silver that features poll analysis, politics, science and sports blogging. Its name refers to the number of electors in the U.S. electoral college. Founded in 2008, it was transferred in 2018 from ESPN Inc. to ABC news, which is owned by Walt Disney Company. The website records an average of 30 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates FiveThirtyEight in the skews left category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are FiveThirtyEight’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 43.50

Bias: -7.07

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Americans Are Worried About Crime, But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Blaming Democrats-6.6741.33
How To Build The Best Gymnastics Team Around Simone Biles039.67
How Trump Has Redefined Conservatism-1.6743
Why Republicans Won’t Support Sweeping Voting Rights Legislation Now … Or Anytime Soon-11.3328.33
Why The Lab Leak Debate Is Back046.67
Most Americans Don’t Want Roe v. Wade Repealed. Many Also Support Restrictions On Abortion.-6.6745.33
Why Black Women Are Often Missing From Conversations About Police Violence-9.6744
How Views On Black Lives Matter Have Changed — And Why That Makes Police Reform So Hard-146.33
It’s Not Just Young White Liberals Who Are Leaving Religion048
Americans From Both Parties Want Weed To Be Legal. Why Doesn’t The Federal Government Agree?-0.3348.67
Why Attacking ‘Cancel Culture’ And ‘Woke’ People Is Becoming The GOP’s New Political Strategy-644.67
Georgia Was A Disaster For Republicans. It’s Not Clear Where They Can Go Next.-9.443.8
Why So Many Men Stuck With Trump In 2020-638.33
What If Trump Loses And Won’t Leave?-1036.67
Voter Registrations Are Way, Way Down During The Pandemic-345
In 2008, Everyone Thought The Recession Was Bad. But in 2020, Many Americans’ Views Depend On Their Party.-5.6742.33
When Proof Is Not Enough-842
The Unemployment Rate Is Falling, But More People Are Losing Their Jobs Permanently-646.33
The Science of Mask-Wearing Hasn’t Changed. So Why Have Our Expectations?-5.3345.33
What Economists Fear Most During This Recovery0.3342.33
The Republican Choice-942
What Path Is The Trump Presidency On Now?-1337
What To Look For In A Face Mask, According To Science-1.6750.67
The Economy Is A Mess. So Why Isn’t The Stock Market?-2.3343.67
The Economists In Our Survey Are Slightly More Hopeful Than They Were Two Weeks Ago-2.3346.67