The majority of American voters say they trust the “fake news” media more than President Trump, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
The survey asked participants if they relied on the media or Trump to “tell you the truth about important issues.” Despite the President’s constant attempts to discredit certain news organizations, the survey concluded that 52 percent of voters trust the media over POTUS.
Only 37 percent said they trusted Trump more than what he commonly refers to as the “opposition party.” Trump and his surrogates have been combative with the media, often referring to CNN as “fake news.”
The Quinnipiac survey contradicts a recent Emerson College poll which found that 49 percent of U.S. voters believe that the Trump administration is “truthful,” while only 39 percent feel that way about the news media.
The Trump administration continues to divide the nation, as party affiliation is a huge factor regarding who is more trusted: Trump or the media. Among Democrat voters, 86 percent said they believed media more than the Trump, while 78 percent of GOP voters said that Trump is more truthful than mainstream media, according to the Quinnipiac poll.
The poll also suggests that 90 percent of American voters feel it is “very important” or “somewhat important” that the news media hold public officials accountable. It also found that 61 percent disapprove of the way Trump talks about the media.
MSNBC, CNN and Fox News are each singled out in questions, with the survey asking if the organizations are trusted when it comes to Trump. The survey, which refers to Trump’s administration as a “movement,” starts by asking: “Do you believe that the mainstream media has reported unfairly on our movement?”