The mainstream media is losing ground when it comes to its only commodity “TRUST.” A majority of Americans now feel the President is justified in criticizing the press, calling it “appropriate.”
Moreover, a new Rasmussen poll found that most voters believe the majority of journalists are liberal, with few classifying themselves as conservative.
The survey is an indictment of the media at a time when liberal outlets such as CNN and the New York Times are stepping up their attack on President Trump and congressional Republicans.
This latest Rasmussen national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of likely voters believe reporters who work for major news outlets such as CNN, Fox News and the New York Times are themselves “public figures” and deserve the same level of critical examination as the individual they cover.
Perhaps, even more, telling is the fraction of individuals who disagree, at just 19%.
The cultural shift is significant in that back in February of 2017, 48% of individuals polled supported the President’s singling out certain journalists and news organizations, he felt were unfairly criticizing him.
However, in just two years 51% of individuals surveyed said “it is appropriate for elected officials to criticize specific reporters and news organizations,” indicating that support for the President is trending in his favor, and perhaps, even more, concerning for the news media is that they continue losing the public’s support.
Perhaps even more telling is that the public continues to view journalists as liberal, with 47% of responders believing that the typical reporter is more liberal than they are, with just 19% thinking reporters are more conservative then they are.
Rasmussen Reports bases its surveys on likely voters – those who have a history of voting in recent elections – as opposed to registered voters in general; many of whom historically don’t go to the polls.
The survey was conducted on August 26-27, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports, in which 1,000 likely voters were interviewed by phone and on-line. The margin of error is +/- 3% with a 95% level of confidence in the polling data, with fieldwork conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
The poll also uncovered that distrust of political news generated by the mainstream media remains at a near-record high, with just over 50% of voters convinced that the mainstream media’s sole purpose is to get President Trump.
On the flip side of that equation, almost the same number of individuals believe that most reporters were trying to help former President Obama succeed in passing his agenda in 2010.
Both Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major political party by a margin of 67% consider the average reporter more liberal than they are, by contrast 52% are much more likely than Democrats to believe the average reporter is more liberal than they are, with only 25% of Democrats believing that to be true.
However, most Democratic and Republican voters along with unaffiliated voters believe that major news organizations are public figures that deserve the same level of scrutiny as the people they cover.
When it comes to specific reporters and news organizations, however, only 28% of Democrats think it is appropriate for elected officials to criticize them, compared to 71% of Republicans and 57% of unaffiliated voters.
The survey shows that the news coverage of the Mueller Report and their biased narrative for over 2-years has eroded the public’s trust of the news media, along with the overwhelmingly negative coverage of this administration, which has been estimated at over 95%.