Poll: More voters trust media to tell the truth than Trump

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More American voters trust the media to tell the truth about important issues than President Trump, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.

About 54 percent of voters trust the media compared with 30 percent who trust the president, a new low for him in the poll.

{mosads}Additionally, 69 percent of voters say the media is an important part of a democracy, while 21 percent say it is the enemy of the people, a common phrase the president uses to describe the media.

The results are divided sharply along party lines.

Republicans trust Trump more than the media by a 72-12 margin and believe the media is the enemy of the people by a 47-31 margin. Democrats trust the media by an 89-1 margin and believe it is an important part of a democracy by a 95-3 margin.

Trump has repeatedly railed against media outlets he views as critical of him, dubbing them “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” The poll shows that as Trump consolidates support in the Republican base, many GOP voters are adopting his stances on the media and its role.

The president has an 81 percent approval rating among Republicans, according to an NPR/Marist poll released Wednesday.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,038 voters from Sept. 6-9. The poll has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

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