Poll: 4 in 10 say media biased for Clinton

Almost four in 10 voters believe the media is helping Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE win the White House, according to a poll from the Morning Consult released Friday.

Thirty-eight percent believe news coverage is slanted in the Democratic nominee's favor, the poll found. Twelve percent say the media is actually in GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE’s corner. Twenty-seven percent say the media is neutral, with another 23 percent unsure or having no opinion.

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Voters generally approved of the amount of coverage each candidate is getting. Sixty-one percent approved of the amount of Clinton coverage, with 22 percent calling the level "excellent" and 39 percent "good."

Fifty-four percent approved of the amount of Trump coverage.

Voters had a dimmer view of the fairness of the media, however.

Twelve percent said the media was “excellent” in its fairness to each candidate, with 23 percent rating the media as “good” and 22 percent “only fair.” 

Thirty-three percent said the media’s fairness to each candidate is “poor,” while 10 percent were unsure.

The poll comes as Trump has stepped up his charges that the media is in the tank for Clinton.

He said last weekend that his true opponent in the race is the media, not Clinton.

“I’m not running against Crooked Hillary, I’m running against the crooked media,” he said on Aug. 13 during a rally in Fairfield, Conn.

Trump has repeatedly called the media's coverage of him "dishonest."

Morning Consult conducted its latest poll of 2,001 voters from Aug. 16-17. It has a 2 percent margin of error.