More Americans believe that biased media coverage is a bigger problem in politics than donations from fat cats, according to a new poll.

Rasmussen Reports found that when given a choice, 48 percent of voters believe media bias is the No. 1 villain while 44 blamed big campaign contributions.

And among Tea Party members, 77 percent said media bias and reports against the movement are the top problem in politics.

The poll found that voters clearly despise the money from special interests pouring into politics, but their opinion of the media is even harsher, fed by a general perception that the press goes out of its way to help Democrats, including President Obama, not Republicans.

Other details from the May 21-22 survey of 1,000 likely voters:

— 76 percent believe the wealthiest individuals and companies have too much influence over government decisions.

— 81 percent said wealthy special interest groups have too much power and influence over government decisions.

— 54 percent said the news media have too much power and influence over government decisions.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at