New poll says most Americans don't trust polls


New poll says most Americans don't trust polls

Broken down by party in the latest poll, 81 percent of Democrats say the civility of discourse has gotten worse compared with 65 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents.

Fully five percent more of the American public, however, says they do not trust the media at all than they did in March, expanding from 32 to 37 percent of adults.

According to the results of a new NPR/ PBS NewsHour/ Marist poll (.pdf) released earlier this week, 77 percent of Americans correctly cited Great Britain as the nation from which the United States declared independence. Nearly nine in 10 Republicans say they trust Trump more than CNN, whereas 91 percent of Democrats say they trust the cable news channel more than the president.

Mainstream American news networks ABC, CBS, and NBC also fared better than Trump in the poll, winning by an 11 point margin. Almost two-thirds, 65 percent, of Republicans said they think partisan strain has gotten worse, and 70 percent of independents said the same. When Marist conducted a similar poll in 2011, 42 percent of respondents could not name the year the USA broke away from Great Britain. Only intelligence and law enforcement agencies like the CIA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation engender much goodwill, with 60 percent saying they have some degree of trust in them.

However, Republicans alone showed a similar trust in Trump when compared to those news channels.

The media and Congress fared even worse than the White House in a new Marist  NPR poll
The media and Congress fared even worse than the White House in a new Marist NPR poll

In the Trump-CNN battle, though, Republicans and Democrats are on completely different pages.

Trump was also pitted against the American press and lost out to The Washington Post and The New York Times, with the newspapers being judged more trustworthy by 9 points.

"Not only do most Republicans approve of [Trump's] use of Twitter, but asked to describe those tweets, the No. 1 mention among the GOP is "truthful, ' with 'entertaining" in second place", Cohen told Axios. It comes as Trump continues to label CNN as a "fake news" outlet. Two percent said that they were unsure.

Jon Cohen of SurveyMonkey noted the takeaway here is that, "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".



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