People are growing sick of this. Robert Gehl reports that the media’s war on President Donald Trump is beginning to backfire, a new poll suggests.
More than half the public said they have grown “weary from the media’s persistently negative coverage of President Trump” and a similar number believe the media has assumed the role of the opposition party.
Republicans overwhelmingly say they’re tired of the media’s negative coverage by a whopping 88 percent. But almost one in three Democrats are tired of it as well. More than half of independents – 55 percent – are turned off by the negative coverage as well.
The results are understandable, Investor’s Business Daily reports, given the hostile relationship Trump has with the press.
A study by the group “Media Tenor” found that only 3 percent of network news stories in the first month of the Trump Administration could be described as positive. Of the remainder, 43 were considered “negative and 54 percent were “neutral.” That’s a dramatic contrast to the media’s coverage of Barack Obama during his first month in office.
The poll was largely completed before Trump’s well-received address to Congress last Tuesday. But the speech clearly had a positive impact on the public’s view of the president. Of the 653 surveyed before the speech, just 39.5% approved of the job he is doing. Of the 256 polled after the speech, his approval rating climbed to 46.1% — a 6.6 point bump. His disapproval numbers went from 54.5% before to 47.5% after.
The public still backs most of President Trump’s policies. The same poll found that 57 percent support the plan to hire 10,000 more immigration agents, 58 percent support the deportation of criminal illegal aliens and 53 percent support an end to “sanctuary cities.”
Last month’s survey found that a majority backed of Trump’s temporary halt on refugees coming into the U.S. suspension of refugees. It also found high levels of confidence that Trump would fulfill his campaign promises to bring manufacturing jobs back, simplify the tax code, and build a wall for securing the border.
42 percent of Americans say Trump is providing “strong leadership” for the country, which is higher than the 40 percent Barack Obama received last October.
The only area where the public disagrees with President Trump is on Obamacare. Only 38 percent said they support repealing the law – down from 42 percent just last month.
The poll was conducted from Feb. 24 through March 4, included 909 participants and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.3 percentage points.