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Half of US Voters Believe Media Lies About Trump

20 October 2017

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday showed that 46% of Americans believe that media organizations invent stories about Trump, compared to 37% of Americans who did not believe that the media invents stories about the president.

Among Republican voters, 76 percent believe the media invents stories about the Trump administration, and 11 do not think so.

Trump has made "fake news" one of his key issues, accusing the bulk of major media outlets, print and broadcast alike, of telling tall tales.

Attacks on the "fake news" media have become a staple of the Trump administration - and almost half of voters, including the vast majority of Republicans, believe the president when he claims that the media is making up stories about him.

Of the voters who strongly approved of the president's job performance, 85% believed the media makes up fake news about Trump. 44 percent of Independents and 20 percents of Democrats responded similarly.

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In a tweet late Wednesday, Trump seemed amused about the poll's findings, saying: "It is actually much worse than this!"

President Trump and conservative Americans are staunch critics of the mainstream media. The group's distrust of the news is not particularly surprising as the party's leader, Trump, spends so much time criticizing the media.

Moreover, NBC News published a story last week alleging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's decision to resign. But the media is absolutely dishonest - and frankly, I've never seen anything quite like it, " stated President Trump during a radio interview.

The poll was conducted from October 15-17 among 1,093 adults. The margin of error is +/- 2 percentage points.

Half of US Voters Believe Media Lies About Trump