- President Donald Trump promoted a Politico poll about trust in the media on Sunday.
- It showed that almost half of Americans believe media outlets fabricate stories about Trump.
President Donald Trump on Sunday touted a poll that showed showed that nearly half of Americans believed that the media fabricated stories about him.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday showed that 46% of Americans believe media organizations invent stories about Trump, compared to 37% of Americans who did not believe the media invents stories about the president.
“It is finally sinking through. 46% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE MAJOR NATIONAL NEWS ORGS FABRICATE STORIES ABOUT ME. FAKE NEWS, even worse! Lost cred,” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday.
The survey results largely split down partisan lines.
Republicans overwhelmingly believed that the media invented stories about Trump: 76% believed reporters invented stories, compared to just 11% who believed the media did not fabricate stories about Trump.
Eighty-five percent of individuals who strongly approved of Trump’s performance in office said the media invented stories about Trump, compared to just 7% from that subset who said the media did not invent stories.
But even among Democrats, 20% believed that reporters invented stories, compared to 65% who believed the media does not invent stories about Trump and his administration.
Politico/Morning consult surveyed 1,991 registered voters online, with a margin-of-error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Many critics pointed out that complete fabrications in journalism are fairly rare and widely publicized.
Amid Trump’s repeated attacks on various publications and journalists writ large, many already rigorous national news organizations have become increasingly sensitive in rare instances in which reporters bungle major news stories.
CNN was criticized as overly harsh earlier this year when the network fired three high-level reporters and editors for misreporting a story about short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
Yet despite Trump’s constant rhetorical assault on the media, trust in some news organizations has risen during the president’s time in office.
A Gallup poll released in June showed that trust in newspapers had risen from a record low of 20% last year to a slightly higher 27%, while trust in television news rose from an 18% record low in 2014 to 24% in June.