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Poll: Nearly a third of Americans say news media is the enemy of the people

Poll: Nearly a third of Americans say news media is the enemy of the people
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Almost one-third of Americans polled, 29 percent, said in a new survey that they agree that “the news media is the enemy of the ... people.” 

Twelve percent of Democrats polled, and 26 percent of independents, said they held that opinion in the Ipsos poll released Tuesday, as did 48 percent of Republicans surveyed, which constituted a plurality for that party.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE first used the characterization for the news media in a tweet less than a month into his term, proclaiming that various media outlets are “not my enemy," but the "enemy of the American People!”

He repeated the charge in a tweet last Friday, the same day he called members of the media the “fake, fake, disgusting news” at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

 

 

 

 

The respondents in the new poll are also split along party lines when it comes to the media’s treatment of Trump, with 11 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Republicans agreeing that “the mainstream media treats President Trump unfairly.” 

An overwhelming majority of all respondents signaled support for the media in general, with 85 percent saying “freedom of the press is essential for American democracy.”

The Daily Beast first reported the poll.

Ipsos surveyed 1,003 American adults online from Aug. 3-6. The poll has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points.