46 Percent Believe Media Fabricates Stories About Trump — Politico Poll


President Trump regularly accuses much of the US media of fabricating reports about him, and it appears nearly half of Americans believe that to be true. Just 28 percent think the government should be able to revoke broadcast licenses of major news organizations that it says are fabricating news stories about the president or his administration.

Further, the figure is even higher for those who strongly approve of how the U.S. President is performing, with 85 percent of that group disbelieving the media's coverage of Trump's performance.

After objecting to an NBC News report last week, Trump asked when it would be "appropriate" to challenge NBC's "license".

Only 37 percent of voters think the media does not make up stories about Trump and 17 percent were undecided on the issue.

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Trump himself has claimed, again and again, to be the victim of "fake news" stories. A majority of voters, 51 percent, disagree that the government should have that power and another 21 percent are undecided.

Amid Trump's repeated attacks on various publications and journalists writ large, many already rigorous national news organizations have become increasingly sensitive in rare instances in which reporters bungle major news stories.

Meanwhile, the pollsters said that for the survey, Morning Consult contacted 1,991 registered voters between October 12 and 16. Twenty percent of Democrats believe the media creates fake stories about Trump, while 65 percent do not. Trump's rating is down 9 percentage points among Republicans, 25 points among Democrats and 22 points among independents.