Nearly half of registered voters in the United States agree with President Trump, believing that the media fabricates “fake news” stories about the White House.
In the survey, 46 percent of respondents — 76 percent of Republicans, 20 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of Independents — say they think the media invents stories about the current administration. Conversely, 37 percent — 11 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Independents — disagree.
Among supporters of Trump, those numbers surge to an overwhelming 85 percent believe the media makes up news stories about the president.
“Dishonesty in the media is one of the things that surprised me most,” the president recently said during a radio interview with Chris Plante. “I thought after I won, the media would become much more stable and much more honest. They’ve gone crazy. CNN is a joke. NBC is a total joke. You watch what they report, it bears no relationship to what I’m doing. But the media is absolutely dishonest. And frankly, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
Respondents disagreed with the president’s suggestion to revoke broadcast licenses for networks based off news content. Only 28 percent believed the government should have the power to revoke licenses, with 51 percent disagreeing the government should have that power. 21 percent were undecided.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2017
The survey was conducted by Morning Consult for Politico between October 12-16 2017, interviewing 1,991 registered voters. The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 2 percent.