Majority of Democrats and Republicans say media has partisan agendas: poll

Majority of Democrats and Republicans say media has partisan agendas: poll
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Seventy percent of the general public agrees that news organizations "are subject to partisan agendas," with 85 percent of Republicans believing the news media is influenced by funding, according to a Wednesday YouGov poll.

"The rise of fake news, a growing multitude of media sources, and an increasingly polarized nation have Americans learning to take their headlines with a grain of salt," says the YouGov study.

The research also shows that seven in 10 Americans agree that news organizations report stories in a way that's favorable to their owners.

Not surprisingly, the poll differs along party lines, with 52 percent of Democrats believing the news media is influenced by funding. That number jumps to 85 percent when asking the same question to Republicans.

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"Republicans and the national population tend to be more skeptical of news organizations, regardless of whether the source has a reputation of being neutral," reads the study. "The percentage point difference in the two surveys reveals that the general public sides more with Republicans than it does with Democrats on the topic of media bias."

President Trump has repeatedly lambasted the media on the campaign trail, denouncing damaging stories about him or his administration as "fake news."

YouGov concludes that since the general public sides more with Republicans in terms of negative feelings toward the media, "news organizations have a tough few months ahead of them" in terms of being believed.

"Given that the general population sides more closely with Republican sentiment towards media bias in the above polls, it seems that news organizations have a tough few months of ahead of them if they want more members of the public to accept reporting at face value," the study concludes.

Trust in media has dropped to all-time lows in recent years according to Gallup, with just 32 percent of Americans having trust in the Fourth Estate. When broken down by party, that includes 86 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents.