Findings of the new poll came as a sign the ‘fake news’ campaign is working
Three in four Republicans believe the media invents stories about Trump
The figure is even higher for those who strongly approve of how Trump is performing
WASHINGTON, U.S. - According to a new poll that highlights how the ‘fake news’ campaign is working, three in four Republicans have said that they believe the media concocts stories about U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump, who has often labelled news stories criticising him as ‘Fake News’ and has called investigations against his campaign, including the sensational probe on his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia the biggest ‘witch hunt’ of the century - believes certain media houses are biased against him.
Despite the President’s attacks being condemned by newspaper columnists and Democratic politicians, findings of the new poll seem to indicate that the increasing attacks on the media appear to have struck a chord with Trump’s Republican base.
The poll by Politico/Morning Consult found that 76 percent of Republican voters believe the news media fabricate stories about Trump and among all voters, that figure stands at 46 percent.
Kyle Dropp, chief research officer of Morning Consult said in a Politico report, “Voters, particularly Trump supporters, have become disenchanted with the national media. Even 20 percent of Democrats think that the national media fabricate stories on President Trump and his administration. That being said, many are still not willing to let the federal government censor the media.”
Further, the figure is even higher for those who strongly approve of how the U.S. President is performing, with 85 percent of that group disbelieving the media’s coverage of Trump’s performance.
In the nine months, he has been in office, Trump has led a relentless campaign against the media.
During his election campaign, often at packed rallies, Trump would point out and criticise reporters, who were heckled and booed by Trump’s supporters.
On Tuesday, the U.S. president renewed his attacks on the media during a round of interviews with talk radio shows.
Picking out cable networks with whom he has repeatedly clashed, Trump said, "Actually, dishonesty in the media is one of the things that surprised me the most. I thought after I won, the media would become much more stable and much more honest. They’ve gone crazy. CNN is a joke. NBC is a total joke.”
He added, “You watch what they report, it bears no relationship to what I’m doing. But the media is absolutely dishonest — and frankly, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
Meanwhile, the pollsters said that for the survey, Morning Consult contacted 1,991 registered voters between October 12 and 16.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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