American voters are not buying President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the media, a new Quinnipiac University National Poll has found.
The survey of 1,175 voters, conducted from Aug. 9-13, found:
- The news media is an important part of democracy, 65 percent of voters say, while 26 percent of voters say the media is the enemy of the people.
- Republicans say 51 to 36 percent that the media is the enemy of the people rather than an important part of democracy, the only listed group to feel that way.
- While 44 percent of American voters are concerned that Trump’s criticism of the news media will lead to violence against people who work in media, 52 percent of voters are not concerned.
- Democrats are concerned about violence 76 to 21 percent. Not concerned are Republicans, 80 to 14 percent and independent voters, 55 to 41 percent.
“The media, so frequently excoriated by the White House, is not considered an enemy of the people. Far from it,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The poll by Quinnipiac, which conducts nationwide public opinion surveys as a public service and for research, has a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.
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