Poll: Voters don't trust media fact-checkers

Poll: Voters don't trust media fact-checkers

A solid majority of voters believe news organizations play favorites when it comes to fact-checking the statements of candidates, according to a poll released Friday.

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A survey of likely voters by Rasmussen Reports shows just 29 percent trust media fact-checking of candidates, while 62 percent believe news organizations twist the facts to help candidates whom they appear to support.

Of voters who back Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE's presidential bid, the mistrust in fact-checkers skyrockets: 88 percent of the Republican nominee's backers feel media organizations skew the facts.

However, 59 percent of those backing Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE trust fact-checking by news organizations.

A majority of supporters of Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE and Green Party nominee Jill Stein also don't trust media fact-checkers.

The poll comes after CNN recently came under fire for its decision to apply fact-checking chyrons, or on-screen graphics, to Trump's statements but never to Clinton’s.

CNN media reporter and "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter defended CNN's decision to only fact-check Trump, saying in a recent PBS forum with the Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro that chyrons can't be applied for Clinton's falsehoods because they “may be more complicated, maybe more nuanced, may take a lot more explanation versus some of what Trump has said.”

Rasmussen's national survey was conducted using 1,000 likely voters who were contacted by telephone and online. Its margin of error is 3 points.