A recent poll says that two-thirds of Americans believe that media and press are pushing fake news. President Trump has held this view for a while, but now people realize just how many people don’t trust the mainstream news.
The Hill obtained the exclusive Harvard-Harris poll which released information that 65 percent of voters think mainstream news is pushing fake news to them. The 65 percent is broken down into 80% Republicans, 60% Independents and 53% Democrats. 84 percent of voters say they don’t know how to discover what’s true online and what isn’t.
The poll’s co-director, Mark Penn, stated the benefit of knowing these results:
“Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country with Republicans not trusting the ‘mainstream’ media and Democrats seeing them as reflecting their beliefs. Every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other.”
For many conservatives, the attacks on Trump via the media are just another example of the loose standards that are being accepted by news outlets. News agencies are now accepting anonymous sources, uncredited material and random information about the Trump administration that would have NEVER happened in prior administrations.
The Trump administration has been avoiding constant accusations and leaks that have primarily come from major newspapers. These stories have often been without reliable sourcing or not enough. According to the poll, 74 percent of voters are saying these leaks are dangerous and should be looked into. However, that includes 84 percent of Democrats.
The poll surveyed 2,006 voters and was performed from the 17th to 20th of May. The total partisan split is 36% Democrat, 32% Republican, 29% Independent, and 3% other. According to The Hill, “The poll uses a methodology that doesn’t produce a traditional margin of error.”
If you would like to read the poll report in the “Credit” section is a link to Harvard’s Political Center.