Most Americans Trust Neither Trump Nor The Media, Poll Finds

In the ongoing battle between President Donald Trump and the media, Americans are having a hard time picking sides.  

A new poll has found that while most Americans don’t trust President Donald Trump, they trust the media only slightly more.

In a survey conducted by HuffPost and YouGov, it was revealed that just 36 percent of Americans say they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the White House. A far weightier 54 percent claim they have little or no trust in Trump’s administration.

The media, on the other hand – or Public Enemy No. 1, if you ask the president himself – hasn’t earned much in the way of public trust, either. Just 39 percent of Americans said they trust the media at least a fair amount, while 52 percent said they trust it not very much or not at all. 

Only one-tenth of the public has at least a fair amount of trust in both the White House and the media. One-quarter trust the Trump administration but not the media, while 28 percent trust the media but not the White House. Twenty-four percent has confidence in neither.

Among Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton in the November election, 77 percent have at least a fair amount of trust in the media, while that figure is a mere 12 percent among Trump voters. Similarly, 79 percent of Trump voters – but only seven percent of Clinton voters – have that much faith in the White House.

When it comes to Trump’s portrayal in the media, 10 percent of Americans think coverage of the president is too positive, 37 percent say it’s too negative, and 34 percent say it’s just right.

Almost half at 46 percent think the media wants Trump to fail, while 26 percent say the media is neutral and just eight percent believe the media wants him to succeed.

The survey consisted of 1,000 interviews conducted between May 11 and 12 with U.S. adults, using a sample taken from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult population in the U.S.

h/t HuffPost


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