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More Americans Trust CNN, New York Times Than Trump, Poll Finds


More Americans Trust CNN, New York Times Than Trump, Poll Finds

A new online poll finds that Americans trust CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC, NBC and CBS more than President Trump, Axios reported Tuesday.

According to the new SurveyMonkey poll published by Axios, 50 percent of Americans trust CNN more than they trust President Trump. Forty-three percent trusted the president more than the cable news network.

The poll also revealed that the trust is largely split along partisan lines, with 89 percent of Republicans viewing Trump as more trustworthy than CNN while 91 percent of Democrats think the opposite.

Among all adults, trust for CNN is 7 points ahead of Trump. Among independents, CNN wins by 15 points.

According to Axios, SurveyMonkey pollster Jon Cohen: “The fight … between the White House and major media outlets has made the question of truthfulness just as partisan-tinged as health care or other policies.”

Data: SurveyMonkey; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

When asked whether they trusted Trump or the WashPost/NYT more, the newspapers won by 9 points among all adults. Asked about Trump vs. ABC/CBS/NBC, the networks were judged more trustworthy by an 11-point margin. Republicans had a similar disproportionate trust in Trump.

At a press conference in January, then President-elect Donald Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta: “You are fake news!”

On Sunday, Trump escalated his ongoing war with the media by tweeting a doctored video of a wrestling match between himself and CNN, showing the president body slamming and punching a logo of CNN. His tweet, which was retweeted from the @POTUS Twitter account, was widely condemned and revived worries that his anti-media rhetoric could encourage violence against members of the media.

The online poll by Survey Monkey was conducted between June 29 to July 3 and surveyed 4,965 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Here are some other key findings:

  • 33% of Republicans say they get their news only from Fox.
  • 64% of all adults disapprove of Trump’s use of Twitter (89% Dems, 38% Republicans).
  • Describing his tweets (all adults): undignified 47% … mean 34% … entertaining 26% … presidential 7%.

A red flag for Democrats continues to be a perception that Trump is isolating himself from the GOP base with his tweets,” Cohen adds. “Not only do most Republicans approve of his use of Twitter, but asked to describe those tweets, the No. 1 mention among the GOP is ‘truthful,’ with ‘entertaining’ in second place.”

The biggest danger for Republicans is that they grow content with firing up the base: Fully three-quarters of pure independents (those that don’t lean one way or the other) disapprove of Trump’s tweeting, and their top three descriptors for it are ‘undignified,’ ‘mean,’ and ‘dishonest.'”


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