posted at 8:41 pm on February 17, 2017 by John Sexton
I guess you could call this a win for the Trump White House, but as you’ll see in a moment it’s not all good news. From Fox News:
By a slim 45-42 percent margin, more voters say they trust the Trump administration to “tell the public the truth” than the reporters who cover the White House. Ten percent say neither…
There are the expected partisan differences. Eight in 10 Republicans (81 percent) trust the Trump administration more to tell the truth, while roughly the same portion of Democrats trust the media (79 percent). Independents are twice as likely to put their faith in Trump as the press (52-26 percent), while 16 percent say neither.
This really adds some data to back up the claim that media is the opposition party. Granted that’s not how they see themselves but the divide in this poll suggests this is becoming a proxy battle, i.e. the right sides with Trump and the left with the media.
However, there is also support for aggressive coverage of the president, with 55% saying they approve of it it versus just 38% who want the media to give the president the benefit of the doubt. And there is even stronger support for another proposition: The president should watch his words. Asked “Do you think President Trump should be more careful about what he says and how he says it or do you like that he speaks his mind?” 71% said he should be more careful. Clearly it’s not just Democrats who agree with that proposition.
This Fox News poll was conducted Saturday through Monday, meaning these results represent people’s views before Trump’s press conference attacking the media on Thursday and before his tweet today labeling several media outlets enemies of the American people. So it seems likely the partisan split is even greater now than it was a few days ago.