Poll: GOP voters say news media poses greater threat to US than white supremacists


A new Fox News poll released Wednesday finds that an overwhelming 69 percent of Republican voters believe the news media poses a greater threat to the United States than white supremacists. 

In comparison, just 18 percent of Republicans in the poll said that white supremacy was a greater problem.

In the same poll, 70 percent of all respondents said President Trump hates the news media more than he hates white supremacists. That number includes 83 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans.

{mosads}Participants were also polled on their view of Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Trump initially blamed “many sides” for the violence that resulted in one death and dozens of injuries when white supremacists clashed with anti-racist protesters at a rally they had organized to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

The responses were split among party lines, with 72 percent of Republicans approving of Trump’s response to the violence and 91 percent of Democrats disapproving.

Similar divisions exist over whether voters believe the president respects minorities: Eighty-two percent of Republicans said he does, while 92 percent of Democrats said he doesn’t.

The poll also found less support for taking down Confederate monuments. Just fifty-three percent of Democrats said Confederate monuments should be taken down after the violence, while 87 percent of Republicans said they should stay up.

The Fox News poll was conducted by two polling firms, Democratic firm Anderson Robbins Research and Republican polling group Shaw & Company Research. They surveyed 1,006 registered voters on landlines and cellphones from Aug. 27 to 29, and the poll carries a margin of error of 3 percentage points. 


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