Poll: One-third of Republicans say press freedom ‘does more harm than good’

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About one-third of Republicans think freedom of the press does more harm than good, according to a new survey.

A new poll from Vanity Fair and “60 Minutes” finds 36 percent of Republicans think freedom of the press “does more harm than good,” compared with 13 percent of Democrats who feel the same way.

A majority of Republicans — 61 percent — think freedom of the press is “necessary.”

Eighty-six percent of Democrats feel the same way.

{mosads}The poll also finds that 93 percent of respondents prefer to get all the facts when following the news, while just 6 percent prefer to be entertained.

Thirty-three percent of respondents say television news is the most accurate and honest news source, compared with 23 percent who say newspapers are the most accurate and honest news source — just 5 percent say the president is the most accurate source for news.

President Trump often criticizes the media, accusing reports of biased and dishonest coverage against him and referring to some networks as “fake news.”


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