Nearly half of Republicans, 43 percent, say President Trump “should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior,” and 48 percent agree with Trump’s claim that the press is “the enemy of the people,” according to an Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
Seventy-nine percent of Republicans polled say mainstream media outlets treat Trump “unfairly.”
Twelve percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Independents said the president should have the power to close down news operations “engaged in bad behavior.”
Twelve percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Independents agreed the media is “the enemy of the American people.”
At a rally last Friday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the president lambasted the media as the “fake, fake disgusting news.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to denounce Trump’s “fake news” moniker.
A majority of all those polled, 57 percent, said the media was “necessary to keep the Trump administration honest.”
Respondents were overwhelmingly willing to open journalists up to lawsuits, with 72 percent agreeing it should be easier to sue reporters who knowingly publish false information.
The Ipsos poll surveyed 1,003 American adults online from Aug. 3-6.