Media Coverage Of Trump Divides Voters

  • Media Coverage Of Trump Divides Voters

Media Coverage Of Trump Divides Voters

Only about a third as many (22%) believe the media favors Republicans.

When Gallup last asked this question in February 2003, Americans were evenly divided on whether the media favoured one political party. They were also about evenly divided when Gallup first asked the question in 1995. In December 2000, in the midst of the election results recount between George W. Bush and Al Gore, slightly more Americans perceived partisan bias in the news media (51%) than believed the news media was politically neutral (41%).

Gallup notes that Americans who say that the media favors one party have consistently believed that it favors Democrats. "By comparison, 44% of Democrats now say the media plays favorites, unchanged from the 44% who said so in 2003".

According to a poll released Monday by Gallup, 67 percent of Democrats say they are "extremely" or "very" proud to be an American.

The belief that the media favors Democrats stems mostly from Republicans and may be the result of a continued animus between the two parties, as well as a tendency among conservatives to accuse the media of a liberal bias.

New polling from Gallup suggests that Trump's view of the media is widely shared among the very Republicans who helped fuel his rise the 2016 primaries.

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted March 9-29, 2017, with a random sample of 789 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia. When "government official" was replaced with "Donald Trump", suddenly, only 23 percent of Republicans said it should be forbidden, while 70 percent claimed to not care.

The analysts brought up numerous accounts of the media's subjective and biased coverage slanted against Trump and his presidential campaign. Outlet after outlet contended that she had a comfortable lead over Trump - the Republican nominee frequently portrayed as a long shot for the presidency.

"Heading into the day of the vote, most news outlets were confident that Clinton would become the 45th president of the United States, as they pointed to poll after poll showing the former secretary of state comfortably leading Trump", Mayur and Westervelt explained. Democratic voters were twice as likely as Republicans to have donated money or attended a political event.

Gallup concluded that the decline in patriotism from Democrats is likely connected to the election of President Trump, who has less than a 10 percent approval rating among Democrats, according to the poll. "Yet the media's negative coverage could not stifle Trump's supporters".

For a certain kind of Republican, President Donald Trump can simply do no wrong, while for some Democrats, the man can do absolutely nothing right.

If there's been one consistent thread through Donald Trump's relatively brief political career, it's this: The media are bad, biased and generally awful people.